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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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As a child, I spent a significant amount of my time in services counting – counting the pages until the end of the service, the number of lights on the ceiling, how many seats were occupied by congregants, or even nudging my Mom to find out the number of minutes left in the service. As an adult, I admit that I occasionally find myself slipping back into these old habits. If that happens to me as an adult, I can only imagine what it’s like to be a teen in many of our congregations. The High Holy Days offer us a chance to experiment with ways to design meaningful teen experiences, creating...

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As I remember them growing up, our family’s yom tov (holiday) celebrations looked like this: With the dining room table covered in a beautiful white tablecloth, elegant china and silverware, and brightly polished candle sticks and Kiddush cups, it was ready for the matzah ball soup, the round, sweet, freshly-baked challah, honey chicken, and the rest of the festive meal. My brother and I, busy blowing our toy shofars, looked forward to dipping our apples in honey.

Once our parents arrived home, having rushed from work, we all gathered around the table, reciting the blessings to...

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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.