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New York, NY; February 9, 2016 - The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is launching a new high-level fellowship to strengthen its engagement with millennials. The first Fellow will be Evan Traylor, 21, of Edmond, Oklahoma. Traylor, who will graduate from the University of Kansas in May, will work alongside URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs and leaders of the Reform Movement to develop a toolkit for engaging millennials as partners in creating a more just, whole, and compassionate world. 

The 12-month Fellowship, which will...

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New York, NY, Feb 3, 2016 – Statement by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ):

We are outraged by the statements about the Reform Movement made by two ministers in the Israeli government following the decision to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem.  

Just a few days ago, we commended Prime Minister Netanyahu for his leadership in securing support for the egalitarian, pluralistic area of the...

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Statement of the North American Reform Movement:

North American Reform Movement Applauds Passage of Plan to Enhance Egalitarian Prayer Space at Western Wall

Years of Organized Efforts Yield Significant Victory for Reform Jews, Women of the Wall: New Area to be Under Non-Orthodox Oversight

Sunday, January 31, 2016; NEW YORK, NY - In the most significant development in the nearly generation-long campaign by Women of the Wall and their allies for religious equality...

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New York, NY; January 17, 2016 -- In response to the announcement that the P5+1 have fully implemented the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) issued the following statement:

The Psalmist’s injunction to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalms 34:14) reminds us that following the path of peace requires constant vigilance. Since the adoption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last July, we have closely watched the P5+1 and Iran take steps...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; January 12, 2016 – In response to attacks against human rights NGOs in Israel, including the advancement of a “Transparency Bill” in the Knesset, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), issued the following statement:

We are deeply concerned by and strongly oppose legislation under Knesset consideration that, if passed, would place onerous requirements on Israeli non-governmental organizations that defend human rights. Called the “Transparency Bill” by its proponents, the...

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