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Collage of the 12 student leaders named to the URJ College Leadership Team

We at the Union for Reform Judaism are thrilled to announce the first URJ College Leadership Team and to introduce the Reform Jewish college students who will serve as leaders throughout the 2019-2020 school year.

These 12 students, located at universities throughout North America, will serve as the primary college leaders for the Reform Movement, partnering with staff and other lay leaders to strengthen Reform Jewish life on campuses across the continent. Selected from a pool of more than 70 well-qualified applicants, they represent a broad variety of Jewish backgrounds and...

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Closeup of a blue and white prayer shawl

The email arrived Thursday morning – a couple set to be married on Sunday was in desperate need of an officiant. Their rabbi had a medical emergency and could no longer perform the ceremony. A friend had forwarded the query: Could anybody help?

It seemed clear from the wording that any rabbi – Reform, Conservative, Orthodox would work. Never one to not do my best and knowing a couple of rabbis in the town where the ceremony was to be held, I reached out to see if they were available. It was only upon speaking to one of them that I learned a key element of the request had been...

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June is Gun Violence Awareness Month, a time for heightened attention to confronting the plague of gun violence that ravages our streets, schools, and houses of worship. The coming weeks will be filled with opportunities for gun sense activists to come together and fight for a future free from gun violence -- and Reform Jews are poised for action.

Fifteen months ago, the Reform Movement launched our youth-led, largely youth-focused gun violence prevention campaign. Based on our growth and success, we are excited to now open  this campaign to the Movement as a...

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Visitors viewing an exhibit at the museum

I recently marked Lag BaOmer with the Jewish community on the Tunisian Island of Djerba. There, I learned the narrative of the community that was established by a group of Cohenim who escaped the exile to Babylonia after the destruction of the First Temple. What connects this community to Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, the Reform congregation in Manhattan, where I am a trustee?

Likewise, what connects the Lemba tribe in Zimbabwe, whose members have been performing circumcisions for...

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Male security guard with patch on the sleeve of his white shirt and a tie; his head is not visible.

After the shootings at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, and more recently at Chabad of Ponway near San Diego, CA, American Jews are grappling with the need to keep our communities safe while remaining open and welcoming to seekers of all backgrounds.

As Jewish leaders whose hearts break whenever a tragedy strikes our community, we are acutely aware of the fear and anxiety with which our people live. One of us, as a Jew of Color, is also aware that what strikes terror and apprehension in fellow brethren of color is often missed, or sometimes ignored by the Jewish...

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