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Rabbi Allan "Smitty" Smith on the bimah at Biennial
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The URJ Biennial 2019 is taking place at a pivotal moment for our Movement’s pursuit of a whole, just, and compassionate world. Right in between the largest-ever Consultation on Conscience and the launch of the Reform Movement’s 2020 civic engagement campaign, we are excited to offer a social justice “intensive” track.

Titled Moving Into Action: Fulfilling Our Commitment to the...

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But Moses’ hands grew heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur, one on each side, supported his hands; thus his hands remained steady until the sun set. – Exodus 17:12

In Exodus 17, the Israelites defeat the Amalekites in battle. It is a remarkable story about effective leadership – in biblical times and today. The story begins with Moses telling Joshua to select fighters for Joshua to lead in combat. We expect that, in handing Joshua leadership, Moses has empowered him with a mission and the resources to succeed....

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The countdown is on: The URJ Biennial is just eight weeks away, which means the time is now to get your community interested, engaged, and registered – before early-bird registration ends on October 16. In this case, the early bird gets the special rates and group discounts!

Whether you’re a longtime Biennial attendee or brand new to the Biennial experience, you’re going to love this year’s event, which combines the best of the past with creative new innovations and opportunities. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect:  

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October 11, 2019

Reform Jewish Movement Responds to Removal of U.S. Troops at Turkish-Syrian Border

WASHINGTON – In response to President Trump’s sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Turkish-Syrian border, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference on American Rabbis and the wider Reform Movement institutions:

“The humanitarian crisis triggered by President Trump’s sudden withdrawal of U.S....

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In my six years as the youth group director at Temple Sinai in in Stamford, CT, we have seen lots of growth. Year after year, more and more teens are attending NFTY events, spending summers at URJ camps, and embarking on life-changing trips through URJ teen programs.

With this increased participation has come curiosity, knowledge, and awareness of the...

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