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The North American Reform Jewish Movement stands in solidarity as our hearts break for the victims, their families, and the survivors of the Paris attacks. We will never cease our work toward the protection of freedoms, democracy, and pluralism, and the end of terrorism, violence, and hatred, joining our Reform movement colleagues with prayers for peace.

The following is the text of a statement shared today by our friends at the World Union for Progressive Judaism:

The international World Union for Progressive Judaism and the European Union for Progressive Judaism,...

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New York, NY; November 10, 2015 --  Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the JFNA General Assembly in Washington, DC today, Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs responded with praise for the prime minister’s commitment to pluralism in Israel, saying:

I am grateful to Prime Minister Netanyahu for his strong pledge today to ensure that “all Jews – Reform, Conservative and Orthodox – feel at home in Israel.” It is right for the prime minister to acknowledge what we have known all along – that there is more than one way to live a...

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November 6, 2015, Orlando, FL – At the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial convention, the largest Jewish gathering in North America, the URJ officially launches six new Communities of Practice (CoP) – congregational networking groups that bring congregations together to learn, network, and experiment on a topic of shared interest.

77 participating teams from 72 congregations from around North America have been selected for the CoPs to work together with leaders from other congregations, share ideas, and experiment locally. The URJ...

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November 6, 2015, Orlando, FL – The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announced today, from the URJ Biennial convention, the opening of the first URJ summer camp in Southern California. The URJ 6 Points Sports Academy California will open in Los Angeles in June 2016 and serve upwards of 200 girls and boys in grades 4-11. Located on the facilities of Occidental College, campers and their parents can choose from three two-week summer sessions. Applications will be accepted beginning October 1st.

URJ 6 Points Sports Academy California is the...

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November 4, Orlando, FL – The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has gathered 5,000 Jewish leaders at the 73rd URJ North American Biennial convention, taking place November 4-8, 2015, at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

The URJ is the most powerful force in North American Jewish life, representing the largest segment of the Jewish community and inspiring 1.5 million people from nearly 900 congregations. The URJ Biennial is the largest religious Jewish gathering on the continent, this year attracting 5,000 Reform Jewish...

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