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The Voice of the Reform Movement

The Union for Reform Judaism represents a vibrant network of nearly 850 Reform synagogues across North America, which foster serious Jewish learning, sacred community, and prophetic justice. As the central address for this congregational network, the URJ speaks on behalf of the entire Reform Movement on a wide range of topics ranging from Jewish observance and ritual, community relations, social justice and much more.

Through our public relations efforts, the URJ expands the reach of our member congregations via the URJ’s trusted leaders, who are quoted frequently in the Jewish and mainstream press and serve to elevate the Reform Movement's values of diversity, inclusion, modernity. Follow the URJ and Reform Movement leaders on social media.

If you would like information about a press release issued before 2001, or any other communications related information, contact the press room. You may also be interested in press releases from the Religious Action Center.

Reform Jewish Leader Calls for Stronger Response to Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

Contact: Sarah Garfinkel,, 202-776-7700
On the precipice of the new Jewish year, we are in a period of reflection and accounting. It is clear that whatever the intent, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has contributed to a terrible level of chaos and danger for the people of Afghanistan. An accounting by the U.S., Canada and the international community, no matter how painful, is essential.

Statement from the Union for Reform Judaism and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism on the Passing of Rabbi Richard Hirsch

Contact: Sarah Garfinkel,, 202-776-7700
The Union for Reform Judaism, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and the entirety of the Reform Movement mourn the passing of Rabbi Richard Hirsch. As one of the giants of Reform Jewish life in the second half of the 20th Century, his work shaped Reform Judaism in the U.S., Israel and throughout the world until his death – just a month shy of his 95th birthday.

Union for Reform Judaism and ADL Launch Critical Partnership to Combat Antisemitism and Hate

Contact: Sarah Garfinkel,, 202-776-7700
Amid an alarming rise in antisemitic rhetoric and violence, the Union for Reform Judaism, which represents the largest and most diverse Jewish movement in North America, and ADL (Anti-Defamation League), the world’s leading anti-hate organization, will join together in a multifaceted partnership to provide Reform congregations with the tools needed to address antisemitism in their communities.

North American Jewish Groups Denounce Antisemitic Attacks in Wake of Hostilities Between Israel and Hamas

Contact: Sarah Garfinkel,, 202-776-7700
As North American Jewish denominations representing a significant majority of American Jewry, we join together to uniformly condemn rising incidences of antisemitism. We commend the many religious, civil society and political leaders  of goodwill who have denounced these actions and are urging and implementing step to strengthen efforts to combat antisemitism and antisemitic attacks.