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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; May 22, 2016 -- Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) today launched the JewV’Nation Fellowship, an innovative year-long project incubator and leadership development program supporting emerging Jewish leaders and creative interfaith outreach initiatives. The program, which will begin in early 2017, is supported in part with a Jewish Funders Network grant from Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their Families, in honor of 2015 Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas. The JewV’Nation (pronounced “...

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New York, NY; May 20, 2016 -- Statement by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Union for Reform Judaism President:

This week’s clear decision by the United Methodist Church rejecting the efforts of those who misguidedly sought to draw the Church into the boycott, divestment, sanctions campaign to delegitimize Israel is a welcome step in support of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. We share that desire to hasten a peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians alike. Every day the occupation causes pain and hardship to too many...

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April 6, 2016, New York, NY - The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), in partnership with BimBam, will offer the Shaboom! series of children’s videos on ReformJudaism.org, the URJ’s flagship educational website reaching more than two million visitors annually. As the first website to approach Jewish life, practice, learning, culture, and social justice from a modern Jewish perspective, ReformJudaism.org is constantly introducing engaging new content that everyone can enjoy.

Beginning on April 6, ReformJudaism.org will...

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Contact: LTheodore@urj.org, 212-650-4154

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, responded today to presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks at the AIPAC Policy Conference:

A commitment to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship is essential for any candidate for president. It was important that Mr. Trump addressed that relationship today when he spoke at AIPAC.    We were disappointed but not surprised that Mr. Trump did nothing tonight to allay our deep concerns about his campaign. It still seems that he does not share our values of...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

The Reform Jewish Movement has always worked very closely with AIPAC. We respect completely its decision to invite all the viable candidates for president to speak at its upcoming Policy Conference. By inviting the candidates to speak, AIPAC does not support or oppose their candidacies, nor does it condone or commend their policies. AIPAC has, as it must, a singular focus: the U.S./Israel relationship. AIPAC's intent – and its responsibility – is to better understand the candidates' views on issues...

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