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Today, more than ever, congregations that wish to remain relevant and effective centers of Jewish living must articulate their “why” – the reason they exist and the reason people should invest time and energy in them. Unlike in past generations, when regular deliveries of congregants and funding driven by a sense of obligation were the norm, congregations today need to express in their why exactly what the community has set out to achieve – and what that means for congregants and prospective congregants.

When congregations lose track of their why (often incorporated in a mission...

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As we look toward Tu BiSh’vat and the emergence of spring, we are called to think about the environment that surrounds us and our connection to the land we inhabit. We are asked to consider our obligation to care for God’s world.

Reform leaders are responding to the call to fight against climate change and environmental injustice: congregations in the Reform Movement are becoming catalysts for protecting our planet; lay leaders and clergy are becoming environmental stewards in their communities; they have taken...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

January 11, 2017, New York, NY – The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announces the establishment of a second URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, with support from a generous grant from the Foundation...

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This fall, the Northeast Teen Collective's first annual Northeast Leadership Summit at URJ Camp Eisner inspired more than 250 Jewish teens to create projects and initiatives about issues important to them. As a participant at the first-ever Northeast Leadership Summit, I found myself most inspired by the realness of what we did.

The Northeast Teen Collective is an ambitious initiative to increase the number of teens participating in...

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Mah Jongg tiles

Many Baby Boomers remember listening to the sounds of tiles clicking on their mother’s game tables and smelling the smoke wafting from their cigarettes. Usually a lovely lunch or snack was served by the hostess and the games went on for hours. This was the social world of Post WWII housewives. Now in the 21st century, their daughters and granddaughters are reviving the game of Mah Jongg. There’s no smoke and the snacks are healthier, but the clicks of the tiles sound the same.

Seven years ago our sisterhood, Women of Isaiah at Temple Isaiah...

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Inside Leadership, the blog at URJ.org, is a source for Reform Jewish leaders to get the latest news and though-provoking articles about Jewish communal life.