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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; April 26, 2017 -- Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), sent the following letter today to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu:   I am writing to you in your capacity as Israel's Foreign Minister, asking for clarification regarding the new law that Israel passed barring entry to non-Israeli citizens who have publicly called for boycotts of Israel, including... Read More

“Welcome to our worship committee meeting. Thanks for being here! After I pass out the agenda, we’ll start the meeting and create action items for follow-up. After the meeting, we’ll type up the minutes to reflect our conversations, and they’ll be emailed out. The board is meeting next week, so we’ll probably wait until next month to make our report. Now let’s get to work!”

In many of our congregations, this is what collaboration looks like. Strictly defined, collaboration is the act of working with someone to produce or create something. As a concept, this isn’t complicated or...

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With sunshine and warmer weather, Mother’s Day is fast approaching, falling this year on May 14. Many of us will enjoy the day with and honor the important women in our lives, celebrating with colorful bouquets of flowers, sentimental cards, and maybe even breakfast in bed. But we must recognize that not all families will spend the holiday this way. Each year, more than 45,000 women and children will spend Mother’s Day in domestic violence shelters. To deliver light to these women, Women of Reform Judaism is partnering with Jewish Women...

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We have been talking a lot about “happiness” in Jewish education lately. Let’s begin by owning that the term “happiness” is challenging. In our vernacular it has a shallow and trivial connotation. As Toni Morrison, speaking to college graduates, said: “I urge you, please don’t settle for happiness. It’s not good enough.”

When we talk about “happiness” as a new thrust for Jewish education, as suggested by...

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If you will it, it is no dream. -- Theodor Herzl

As Herzl learned, willing and dreaming were not enough to create the State of Israel. Likewise, it would take more than willing and dreaming to deepen the engagement of families with young children at Chicago Sinai Congregation in Chicago, IL.

Although our preschool operated in its own silo, separate from the congregation and its leaders, the congregation for years had sought ways to connect preschool families with the wider community. Despite our best efforts,...

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