Press Releases

Press Releases

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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Contact: Max Rosenblum or Adam Waters 202.387.2800 |

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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Contacts:Deborah Goldberg (U.S.): 212-650-4153Jo-Ann Mort (Israel): 054-726-9886


July 26, 2016 – Late last night, the Israeli Knesset passed a law instigated by ultra-Orthodox leadership to overturn a recent Supreme Court decision banning discrimination against non-Orthodox converts from state-funded mikvaot (ritual baths), which are integral to the conversion process. The Supreme Court case was brought by the Israel Religious Action Center, on behalf of both the Reform and Conservative movements. This new legislation is expressly meant as an attack on the...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; July 14, 2016 --, the flagship website of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), has launched the English translations of every Torah portion to benefit the site’s two million annual visitors. The launch of these English translations of the Torah, Judaism’s most sacred text, is a significant achievement on behalf of users who want to read a modern translation.

In collaboration with CCAR Press, a division of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the URJ now provides

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For Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Rabbi Gilad Kariv, and Anat Hoffman:Lauren Theodore, 212-650-4154 or Jo-Ann Mort, 972547269886 (Israel)Rabbi Steve Wernick, 646-519-9300Yitzhar Hess, 526686515 (Israel)

July 11, 2016, Jerusalem -- The following letter was sent yesterday to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the negotiating team supporting implementation of the agreement to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel (Western Wall in Jerusalem) - Yizhar Hess, Masorti Movement; Anat Hoffman, Women of the Wall; Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Union for...

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