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Arie Gluck, the longtime director of URJ Camp Harlam in Kunkletown, PA, died this past week at the age 86.

Arie was a legend, and although he was long retired when I started working at the URJ, he was very much present - not only because of his storied past as an Israeli Olympian who fought in Israel's war of independence but because of what he built. Yes, he built a gorgeous summer camp, but, more importantly, he built a magical place where campers and the young staff who led them celebrated Judaism, Israel, and the great outdoors. Arie was a...

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As a kid, there was never a reason to touch pound sign on my telephone keypad. I just had to dial the seven-digit number, and almost immediately I got to speak to the exact person I needed to. My, how things have changed since then, from 11-digit telephone numbers to proliferation of social media, which has brought about a renaissance of the pound sign.

The pound sign symbol, now commonly called the “hashtag sign,” first became an integral part of Twitter, allowing any word or phrase to become a hashtag. For instance, if I tweet about a Shabbat program at my synagogue and add the...

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This morning, the Supreme Court released its decision in Whole Woman's Health v Hellerstedt, ruling 5-3 to overturn the medically unnecessary provisions found in Texas House Bill 2, which would have created an undue burden on women's health clinics across the state.

Upon the decision, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center, released a statement applauding the ruling and saying, “This historic decision ensures that women in Texas and...

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New York, NY; June 26, 2016 -- Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), issued the following statement today reacting to a vote taken on June 25th at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association defeating a resolution to support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel:

“I am pleased that the UUA did not adopt the resolution supporting BDS. Our two communities must continue to work toward creating justice and security for both... Read More

This weekend, the Unitarian Universalist Association voted to defeat a resolution to divest from Israel, a vote welcomed by the URJ's Rabbi Rick Jacobs. The following is the full text of Rabbi Jacobs’ remarks to the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly opening ceremony on June 22, three days prior to the vote. You can also watch his address online.

Religious life isn’t about...

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