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Rabbi Jonah Pesner at the 2019 Consultation on Conscience
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Jewish thought leader, Dr. Tali Zelkowicz, teaches that we often view Jewish life as a precarious, fragile existence always on the brink of destruction. This “china shop” view of Jewish history sees everything – from the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem to the Enlightenment – as proof that we need to fiercely protect our tradition.

Dr. Zelkowicz also teaches us, however, that we could view these same moments in Jewish history as a “jungle gym.” In every generation Jews take leaps of faith to reimagine what Jewish life might look like. Indeed, change has been our constant – as...

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Ready, set, snap! Want to see yourself on the big screen during URJ Biennial 2019? Here’s your chance to share your congregation’s best moments with 5,000 Reform Movement friends.

Do you have great photos on your congregation's website, Facebook page or Instagram? Awesome photos of holiday celebrations, Shabbat, Havdalah, or social action programs at your congregation? Beautiful photos that demonstrate the vibrancy and diversity of your community? Enter the...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; April 10, 2019 - Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued this statement following the results of Israel’s general election:

“Israelis voted and as always, we applaud Israeli democracy and hope that campaign rhetoric fades away as the new government is formed. The Israeli elections show that the country is divided on issues of critical importance to the future of the State. We congratulate Prime Minister Netanyahu and look forward to a productive...

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Contacts: Alaina Yoakum, 415-991-0364 Lauren Theodore, 212-650-4154

Santa Rosa, CA and New York, NY; April 4, 2019 - For the first time since 2017’s wildfires, URJ Camp Newman campers will be able to enjoy time outdoors at their home campus in Santa Rosa this summer.

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announced today that URJ Camp Newman will offer...

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You might’ve already seen the news: After 11 years of creating groundbreaking Jewish content online, BimBam (founded as G-dcast) announced today that it will cease active operations this spring. For more than a decade, BimBam has used vibrant digital storytelling to spark connections to Judaism for learners of all ages.

This is, of course, a loss to our community, as BimBam’s lively digital content – from parashiyot to holiday videos and...

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