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In 2015, the Union for Reform Judaism adopted the “Resolution on the Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People,” a declaration of the Reform community’s commitment to the full equality and inclusion of people of all gender identities and gender expressions. Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, TX, decided to implement this value in its Gender Identity Training program, which won the congregation a...

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We love Israel, and we're worried about Israel.

Over the years, American Jewish engagement with Israel has changed. Unflagging support for Israel, the perpetual underdog, used to be so central to many North Americans’ Jewish identity that we were willing to overlook the country’s indifference regarding women, liberal Jews, its Arab citizens, and, of course, Palestinians in the occupied territories. In those days, Israel’s survival trumped all.

Today, Israel is a major world power with incredible defense capability, and American Jews are speaking out about human rights and...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

October 30, 2019 -

As the largest Jewish Movement in North America, we remain committed to a democratic and pluralistic Israel, and two states for two peoples. Accordingly, we emphatically and continually oppose all land acquisition by the Jewish National Fund (KKL) outside the sovereign borders of the State of Israel, known as the Green Line. The activity of the Zionist institutions must reflect and support a broad consensus of the Jewish people and Israeli society. 

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; October 25, 2019 - Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued the following statement in response to today’s bomb threat called in to Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT, a URJ member congregation.

“Shabbat is a time of peace and healing. This Shabbat, as we commemorate one year since the deadly attack on Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA, we must yet again reckon with hate and intimidation against the Jewish community...

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On Sunday night, the Dallas/Fort Worth area was hit by severe thunderstorms, including multiple confirmed tornadoes, which devastated parts of Dallas and the surrounding communities and directly impacted members of the Jewish community. On behalf of the Reform Movement, our hearts and prayers go out to all whose homes, neighborhoods, schools, and businesses have been damaged and to all who are displaced. 

The staff of our URJ Greene Family Camp (GFC) immediately knew they wanted to mobilize to help affected families by providing childcare, parent education, and communal gathering...

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Inside Leadership, the blog at URJ.org, is a source for Reform Jewish leaders to get the latest news and though-provoking articles about Jewish communal life.