The Republican Party's platform excludes language for a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, a serious divergence from a quarter century of U.S. foreign policy — and the GOP's previous platform in 2012, which stated explicit support for two states.
This could be a dangerous foreboding of where the Republicans are headed.
Language in the 2016 platform says, "we oppose any measures intended to impose an agreement or to dictate borders or other terms" on either party in the Middle East. The 2012 language differed pointedly: "we envision two democratic states —...Read More
In recent days, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has been under a blistering attack by various political and social groups. On the eve of the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, whose theme this year will be a memorial to 16-year-old Shira Banki, who was stabbed to death at last year's parade by an ultra-Orthodox extremist, there is a heavy feeling in the LGBT community.
While the public discourse in Israel has undergone an encouraging transformation in recent years, Orthodox rabbis and public figures, in the name of Judaism...Read More
You can have your summer destinations of Nantucket, the Hamptons, or Lake Michigan. I’ll take Kunkletown, Zionsville, and Oconomowoc! Some head to the beaches or the mountains; I head to camp.
More than 14,000 young people are leaving home this summer, immersing themselves in new environments and connecting to Jewish community in a URJ summer program. The midrash tells us that if we can open ourselves up to new experiences, we can discover inner clarity. These young people are discovering themselves – what motivates them, what matters to them, what...Read More
If you’re already following the Reform Movement on social media (and we hope you are!), you know you can rely on us to share up-to-date, interesting tidbits from around the Jewish world. On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we try to bring you the very best of Reform Judaism and of Judaism in general.
But we’ve got some exciting news: Our social media is changing and expanding, and we hope you’ll follow along.
As of today, the URJ’s social media is split into two separate web presences, designed to make sure that our Jewish leaders have quick and easy access to resources...Read More
Global Reform-affiliated organizations sent out the following statement in response to this week's terrorist attack in Nice, France:
This Shabbat, our 1,200 Reform, Progressive, and Liberal synagogues will pray for the safety of all the citizens of France, and for the healing of their nation. We send special Shabbat wishes to our Progressive congregations in France at this difficult time. We pray for strength and fortitude for our communities across France, Europe and around the world. May Shabbat and the days ahead usher in peace and a shared faith in all that is good. Rabbi...Read More
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