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New York, NY; June 26, 2016 -- Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), issued the following statement today reacting to a vote taken on June 25th at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association defeating a resolution to support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel:

“I am pleased that the UUA did not adopt the resolution supporting BDS. Our two communities must continue to work toward creating justice and security for both... Read More

The following is the full text of Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ remarks to the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly opening ceremony on June 22, and a link to the video of his address.

Religious life isn’t about organizations or budgets or buildings; it’s about living lives of depth and dialogue, purpose and character. Of course that’s easier said than done.  

We were put on this earth with a sacred mission. There are a whole lot of people counting on us...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; June 23, 2016 -- Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued the following statement reacting to reports of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' invocation of the classic anti-Semitic canard of water poisoning:

It is deplorable that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly engaged in spreading libelous accusations against Israeli rabbis in his remarks to the European parliament today. This persistent lie dates back thousands of... Read More

The Israeli Reform movement is a shadow of its American counterpart. Look no further than a recent Pew Research Center poll: Whereas 30 percent of American Jews identify as Reform, merely 3 percent of Israeli Jews say the same.

Yet Reform Judaism is far from irrelevant in Israel.

Sitting in his wood-paneled office at Temple Israel of Hollywood, Rabbi John Rosove rattled off a list of issues for which he thinks the American Reform movement can provide much-needed support in Israel, from African immigration to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Earlier this month...

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Leading your own synagogue Shabbat hike is incredibly easy. In just 10 steps – simple but effective – you can embark on a moving spiritual experience. And, as we discovered on Congregation Or Ami’s own Shabbat hikes, the journey is inspiring and refreshing.

Says participant Marcy Cameron, “They say exercise is good for the soul. I think Shabbat in the wilderness is good for the soul, too, and if you can add in a hike, well, even better! To worship in an environment where you can hear the birds,...

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