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There’s a program we created at URJ Kutz Camp titled, "What I Go to the Wall For." It gives members of our community the opportunity to think about the issues and values that are most important to them and the ideals on which they will not waiver. Participants’ meaningful and diverse responses have included such important topics as marriage equality, economic justice, gun violence prevention, women’s rights, interreligious understanding, family...

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At Hillel Institute in St. Louis, MO, I ushered in Shabbat surrounded by 60 college students and Hillel professionals as we passionately sang “Ahavat Olam” to the tune of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”; at the same time, hundreds of other people welcomed Shabbat through prayer, song, yoga, poetry, and other means.

At Metro Minyan in Washington D.C., I joined with more...

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In the last week of September, just days before Rosh Hashannah, more than 50 youth professionals gathered at the picturesque URJ Kutz Camp in the heart of the Hudson Valley for a few days of learning and growing. The retreat was part of a pilot for the Youth Professionals 101 Community of Practice, a new cohort for congregational youth professionals in the first two years of our roles to learn best practices for youth engagement and build a network.

When I first saw the dates of the retreat, I thought, “Isn’t that the week before High Holy...

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We live in a time in which the upcoming generations connect less and less to established religious institutions. All religious groups are experiencing this problem, but it is particularly hard on the Jewish world. Why? Our numbers are very small in relation to other religions, for one. Another reason is the internal struggle between progressive and fundamentalist Jewish groups. We are in competition for the next generation. Young people are looking for a combination of deeper meaning, a sense of family/community, and authentic, real experiences. We cannot cede this to fundamentalist Jewish...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore, 212-650-4154

New York, NY, October 19, 2016 – The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announced today that the Heller family of Scotch Plains, NJ, has made an endowment gift of $5 million to fund the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel Program, which is being renamed URJ Heller High: Isaac and Helaine Heller EIE High School in Israel. This is the largest gift in EIE history, and the URJ’s largest non-capital gift.


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