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Updated URJ’s Values, Mission, and Vision

Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman
I am delighted to report that the URJ North American Board recently approved new Values, Mission, and Vision statements as part of the URJ bylaws new language to our Values, Mission, and Vision statements; Section II.

Teens, Power, and NFTY – Growing our Reform Youth Movement

Michelle Shapiro Abraham, MAJE, RJE
A few weeks ago, I had the joy of being at the "NFTY-GER Ball," one of the many NFTY events being run by Reform teen leaders across North America. A room full of teens gathered at Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains, NJ to dance, laugh, get to know one another, and celebrate Jewish life.

A $3,250 Gift for Your B’nei Mitzvah Teens

Rachael Brill
We are excited to announce that, thanks to a generous commitment from RootOne LLC (seeded by The Marcus Foundation and powered by The Jewish Education Project), the certificate will now be worth $3,250!* We hope that this increased amount allows all Reform Jewish teens to travel to Israel as a rite of passage.

Give the Gift of Torah (Literally!)

Lenore Mass
Could you imagine a new Reform congregation in Latin America, Eastern Europe, or Asia that has congregants, a rabbi, and a strong desire to increase their Jewish knowledge and connection, but no Torah? If you have more than enough or know of scrolls left without a home after a congregational merger or closing, we hope that you might consider giving or lending a scroll to a congregation that needs one.

Presidents Network: Being Part of a Group Makes All the Difference

Barak Malkin
One of the most consistent messages we hear from congregational presidents is that they often feel alone with the heavy weight of responsibility for their congregation. While we encourage and work with them to build sacred partnerships with professionals, clergy, and fellow lay leaders at their congregations, we also hear that they want to be connected to people who are in the same role at other congregations.