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Wherever you go there's always someone Jewish You're never alone when you say you're a Jew So when you're not home And you're somewhere kind of “newish" The odds are – don't look far-- 'Cause they're Jewish, too.

Gearing up for the High Holidays, I wanted to show my Temple Sinai community that, as singer/songwriter Rabbi Larry Milder sings, “Wherever you go, there’s always someone Jewish.”

With help from the World Union for Progressive...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; September 27, 2016 -- Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), released the following statement after learning of the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres:

In his final speech before the Knesset, as former Israeli President Shimon Peres ended his term in office, he said “I have come to bid you farewell as a citizen, as a man whose dream is still alive.” And indeed, not... Read More

The Jewish community is remarkable in so many ways – ways that inspire millions of people and help bring more justice and compassion to our world. And yet, we are not immune to blind spots.

Despite the best of intentions, we still leave people out – both occasionally and chronically. That’s where members of our community – especially those who have often existed within those blind spots – can lend their leadership and change our community for the better with their visions of a more inclusive future. more inclusive future. These individuals, who have experienced both insider and...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

September 27, 2016, New York, NY -- The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announced today the creation of the premier non-profit Jewish specialty camp for creative arts. The new URJ camp, called URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy, will open in the summer of 2018 in the mid-Atlantic region, and serve several hundred campers in grades 4-11.

URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy will build on the growing interest in arts development and serve as an on-ramp into Jewish camping for...

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This past January, Prime Minister Netanyahu made a commitment to the entire Jewish people. His government passed a resolution that included all forms of Jewish worship at the Western Wall, with detailed plans to build an egalitarian prayer space, administered by a pluralistic group including our rabbis. For the first time in the history of the Jewish state, Reform rabbis would join an official government-supported religious body. It was a great shared victory!

Unfortunately, in the months since, the government has successfully avoided implementing its own commitment. We are...

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Inside Leadership, the blog at URJ.org, is a source for Reform Jewish leaders to get the latest news and though-provoking articles about Jewish communal life.