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Today is #GivingTuesday.

As synagogue leaders, you are well aware that philanthropy is intrinsic to Judaism. It’s what we Jews do – based on the mitzvah (commandment) of tzedakah – to bring justice (tzedek) to the world. #GivingTuesday offers us an opportunity to take action and share that message within our communities and the world-at-large.

Founded in 2011 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. Fueled by social media and collaboration and following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of...

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At the recent URJ Biennial, actor and activist Michael Douglas announced that the Jewish Funders Network has launched the Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their Families Matching Grant Initiative.

Developed in honor of Douglas, the 2015 Genesis Prize Laureate, the program will make significant funding available to congregations and other entities involved in efforts to make our community – the Jewish community –...

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In recent years, a number of studies have explored the benefits of dedicated leadership programs. In the corporate world, studies have shown that more than one-third of new hires have had little or no training, and nearly 20 percent of employees who quit within the first six months said it was because they didn’t receive sufficient training.

It’s a cautionary tale for the synagogue world, too.

Among the many responsibilities of lay leaders, cultivating a pipeline of vibrant, knowledgeable leaders is one of the most central – and ensures a worthy legacy. It leads to seamless...

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To meet April Baskin is to see the change in American Jewry personified. A tall, confident, 32-year-old with an impressive mane of curly hair and a wide smile, the self-described “multiracial Jewish woman of color” is the newest executive in the Reform Jewry movement. 

Her offbeat job title - vice president for audacious hospitality - incorporates the catchphrase that the Union for Reform Judaism has embraced as its central mission. It is meant both to include aggressively welcoming newcomers into its institutions, along with widening its tent by inviting groups that have...

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This year, from the evening of Sunday, December 6th, until the evening of Monday, December 14th, Jews worldwide gather together around the Hanukkah lights, spin the dreidel, eat latkes and jelly donuts, and celebrate the festival of Hanukkah.

Historically, Hanukkah, like so many Jewish holidays, is the story of a small Jewish army defeating a larger oppressing one. Around 167 B.C.E., Antiochus IV prohibited the practice of Judaism. The Temple was desecrated and many Jews were killed. Two groups rose up against Antiochus IV, and...

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