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Milwaukee native Andrew Keene, a new executive board member of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), was recently elected to co-chair its upcoming CONNECTIONS 2017 biennial in Israel. He's no stranger to lay leadership, having served as North American president of of NFTY from 2013-14 (he's still an active alumnus) and as a current trustee of the Union for Reform Judaism. This spring, Keene, an entrepreneurship student at Drexel University...

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The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) is intensifying its campaign against Lehava and its chairman, right-wing activist Bentzi Gopstein. Over the past few days, IRAC has launched an online campaign including a 90-second video clip urging Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to prosecute Gopstein for incitement to violence against Arabs and for allegedly exploiting disadvantaged minors for his purposes. The short clip shows Gopstein expressing support for the torching of churches and personally attacking an Arab youth. IRAC is also asking the public to join 10,000 citizens who have...

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Each June, we honor the movement for LGBT equality and inclusion, celebrate recent victories against discrimination and recommit to making progress surrounding LGBT issues in the future.

Pride Month happens every year in June, commemorating the Stonewall Riots. On June 28, 1969, the modern LGBT rights movement was born at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, fought back against what had become regular and tolerated harassment by the New York City police...

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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! 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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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.