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Screencap of panel on Meet the Press featuring Rabbi David Saperstein

Rabbi David Saperstein, senior adviser to the URJ and director emeritus of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, was a recent guest on a Meet the Press special discussion about the role of religious leaders during a period of heightened political rhetoric. He joined a panel alongside Bishop T.D. Jakes and Pastor JoAnn Hummel, moderated by Chuck Todd.

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Audacious Hospitality (AH), a pillar of the Union for Reform Judaism’s endeavors, is firing on all cylinders. The JewV’Nation Fellows are rolling out their project prototypes, we’ve got dozens of applications for the Belin Awards in-hand, our Online Introduction to Judaism™ pilot classes are full (with a robust waiting list), and this...

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Everyone wants an easy answer: “Tell us what to do, and we’ll do it!” synagogue leaders often plead – but given congregations’ varied histories, cultures, demographics, physical spaces, and resources, no single solution will work for every community. Even if it did, given the complex challenges presented by a fast-moving and rapidly changing world, a simple plug-in solution is unlikely to work for long.

Instead of trying to replicate best practices that seemed to work for another community, congregations should seek “best principles” to guide them in the work specific to their...

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L'Taken participants celebrating Havdalah at the Lincoln Memorial

One of my favorite parts of each L’Taken Social Justice weekend is greeting each congregation in front of the Capitol Building after the students have finished their Senate meetings and are on their way over to the House. These meetings occur on Mondays, after we have worked all weekend to prepare these amazing teens for this exact moment, and the energy and impact are palpable. Rabbi Michael Latz from Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis, MN, said it best: “Watching these students...

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In 2014, when I joined Temple Sholom in Chicago, IL, as the director of lifelong learning, the congregation was in the initial stage of participating in the URJ’s B’nai Mitzvah Revolution (BMR), together with 10 other Reform and Conservative congregations in the Chicagoland area. We were seeking ways to infuse the beginning of the b’nai mitzvah process with something more meaningful than a date assignment, and to find ways for families to connect to each other and to experience...

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