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Each year, the New York Jewish Week names 36 Jewish leaders under the age of 36 who are changing the face of the Jewish world. This year’s list was released today, and it features a few faces that are very familiar to those of us here at the Union for Reform Judaism... because four of them are either current or former staffers! Let us kvell for a minute by highlighting them here, and then check out the entire list from the Jewish Week.

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In a northern suburb of Chicago, on a small tract of formerly unused land situated between a commuter train track and bicycle path, an all-volunteer group is doing some amazing work. Each year, the Glencoe Community Garden grows approximate 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of organic vegetables, all to be donated to food pantries and other non-profit agencies in the Chicago area. The Garden began with a grant from Congregation Am Shalom in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

I had a simmering interest in compost, with semi-success using a small tumbler in our backyard. I heard about the...

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Last spring, the team at BimBam (formerly G-dcast) approached the URJ’s Families with Young Children staff in their effort to ensure that Shaboom!, the company’s new videos for families accurately reflect Reform Jewish values and philosophies. My colleagues and I were happy to help.

The result of this collaboration – which also included professionals from United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and Jewish Community Centers of America – is two separate video series – one for parents, which...

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I make a living singing, playing, teaching, and learning with Jewish munchkins in early childhood learning centers, temples, and JCCs. Sweet gig, right? Last year, I became a parent, too, and thus a participant in programs geared toward this demographic.

Equipped with academic training, a lifetime of experience in Jewish communal life, a career working with young Jewish families, and, now, a baby on my hip, I offer a few simple action steps synagogue leadership can take to improve the experience of your youngest congregants, to attract and retain family memberships, and to protect...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; May 22, 2016 -- Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) today launched the JewV’Nation Fellowship, an innovative year-long project incubator and leadership development program supporting emerging Jewish leaders and creative interfaith outreach initiatives. The program, which will begin in early 2017, is supported in part with a Jewish Funders Network grant from Avenues to Jewish Engagement for...

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