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Press Releases

Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; September 14, 2016 -- Seeking to both expand and enrich its Israel programs and activities, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has hired one of the most renowned Israel educators as Director of Israel Engagement -- Rabbi Reuven Greenvald. Rabbi Greenvald will work together with URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the URJ’s Israel-based partners, and the entire staff and leadership. He will be a member of the URJ Youth staff team led by Vice President of Youth Miriam Chilton, and will be based in the URJ’s New York...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; September 13, 2016 – Reflecting recent growth in the quantity and quality of year-round youth engagement, and to ensure that the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) continues its leadership engaging the next generation in powerful, meaningful, and fun Jewish experiences, URJ Vice President of Youth Miriam Chilton announced today that Michelle Shapiro Abraham, MAJE, RJE has been promoted to Director, Learning and Innovation. The URJ’s Youth engagement initiatives incorporate 60 immersive programs reaching more than 23,...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; September 12, 2016 -- Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), issued the following statement today in response to Israel's Supreme Court statement addressing the Israeli government's failure to implement its earlier decision to create an egalitarian prayer space for non-Orthodox worship at the Western Wall in Jerusalem:

Today, in an unexpected statement, Israel’s Supreme Court took the Israeli government to task for dragging its heels, and ignoring its own decision to institute... Read More

Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; August 11, 2016 -- Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), sent the following letter today in response to reports of Israel's plans for the destruction of the Palestinian village of Susya:

Ambassador Ron Dermer Embassy of Israel 3514 International Dr NW Washington, DC 20008 Dear Ambassador Dermer: I am writing on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism with concern about and opposition to reports of plans for the destruction of the Palestinian village of Susya. As you well know...

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Washington, D.C., August 4, 2016 – In response to the release of the Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, ARZA: The Association of Reform Zionists of America, the American Conference of Cantors, Men of Reform Judaism, and the North American Federation of Temple Youth:

The Reform Jewish...

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