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A group of people smiling and clapping in an audience at the URJ Biennial

It's hard to believe that after so many months of meticulous planning and enthusiasm, the 2019 URJ Biennial has already come and gone. Whether you want to re-read your favorite addresses from the event or will be experiencing them here for the first time, we're doing our best to get everything online and available to you. All week long, stay tuned here and on our Facebook page as we continue to update this list with links to additional addresses.

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“I came thinking I would meet some nice people and have some resources I could integrate into my board leadership. I left feeling inspired to take action.” -- Helen Holden, 2017 URJ Scheidt Seminar

As this blog post about leadership development opportunities indicates, the 2019 URJ Biennial is the number one way to reach a large swath of Reform Jews and give them tools and resources to make a lasting impact on congregational life....

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At the URJ Biennial, thousands of Jews gathered to learn, pray, share ideas, hear from inspiring speakers and Jewish leaders, and make decisions about the future of Reform Judaism – but the Biennial’s impact doesn’t end when the conference does. With the 2019 URJ Biennial in our rear-view mirror, we’re now focused on how we can move this work forward and into our everyday lives.

If you’re ready to advance the work of the Reform Movement in your congregation and community, say “I’m in!” by completing...

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We are living in an urgent time. Reform Jewish communities are pursuing justice through the Brit Olam at the local, state/provincial, and federal levels to bring about a world in which all people experience wholeness, justice, and compassion.

Last week, thousands of Reform Jews gathered in Chicago for the URJ Biennial 2019, marking an important moment for social justice engagement across the Reform Movement. In addition to social justice learning sessions and an intensive, we also launched our Movement-wide 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign.

Whether or not you were able to...

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Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman

Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

December 16, 2019, New York, NY – Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman, of Sacramento, CA, has been elected to serve as the next chair of the North American Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). The role is the top lay leadership position in the URJ, which represents North America’s largest and most diverse movement in Jewish life.

Kaufman was nominated by the board’s special nominating committee, and her nomination was formally presented to the full Board of Trustees at its...

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