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I’ve always had a love and a talent for making things work out. When I see a problem in my community or a chance to improve, it’s in my nature to find a way to fix it – and from a young age, I was able to put my ability into practice.

My father passed away when I was 9 years old, but because clan members in our village of Namutumba, Uganda, had decreed that a woman had no right to her husband’s land, my mother was sent away from my father’s property, with my seven siblings and me in tow.

I placed a high priority on education, but at that time, in order to receive an...

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In the coming months, the URJ’s Leadership Institute will offer a Scholar Series on Leadership, in which three experts each will lead a virtual discussion about values-based leadership. The first scholar is Harry Kraemer. Here, he offers a sneak peek into his session.

Becoming a values-based leader isn't about emulating a role model or a historic figure. Rather, your leadership must be rooted in who you are and what matters most to you.

In my life, I have tried to stay...

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The High Holidays are fast-approaching, and we at the URJ know that our Reform congregations across North America are already hard at work preparing for a meaningful, successful holiday season. With just over a month until Rosh HaShanah arrives, we’ve gathered together the best of the resources available to you in The Tent, our online platform for congregational leadership. Find what you’re looking for and share your own expertise.

Make sure you’re fully prepped.

Check out our High Holidays Preparations and Checklist...

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Considering sending your congregation's youth professionals to the URJ's Youth Summit? The summit, happening February 17-20 in Chicago, IL, is a gathering of a community of adults who are professionally invested in the future of our Reform Jewish youth. Read through these five reasons your team needs to attend - and then get registered. We can't wait to see you there!

1. It’s the one and only.

The Youth Summit...

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." Earlier this month, in celebration of Tu B’Av, the holiday of love, the Reform Movement launched our nationwide nonpartisan voting rights initiative, Nitzavim: Standing Up for Voter Protection and Participation.

We demonstrate our love by standing together with our allies at the NAACP, PICO National Network, and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil...

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