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Dear Evan Hansen. 13 Reasons Why. Both of these shows have captured the attention and imagination of those of us who work with and treasure teens. Both of them look at the aftermath of adolescent suicide. Both are compelling, artistic and give us insight into the sometimes creepy and scary worlds of teenagers. And both have caused alarm for parents, school personnel and teen professionals.

Troubled teens are not a new topic for the teen imagination. Think of Carrie, The Breakfast Club, Thirteen, Girl Interrupted. Books include Go Ask Alice and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. We’re...

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These days, nearly everything has moved online, including the art of socializing. Congregational leaders know that to remain in touch with and connected to their members (and those they’d like to see join their congregation), their online presence must include active social media channels. With rapidly changing technology, though, it can be difficult to know how to be successful on social media.

That’s why the URJ has created “Communicating in the 21st Century,” a new resource in ...

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Author Rabbi Billy Dreskin and his mentee Rabbi Jason Fenster smiling with their arms around one another in celebration of Rabbi Fensters ordination

Woodlands Community Temple has been part of the HUC-JIR rabbinic fieldwork program since 1976. I didn’t start it, but I did benefit from it, having served as Woodlands’ intern from 1985-1987. During my time as one of Woodlands’ rabbis, we have welcomed seven interns, plus another nine summer interns, and even two “pre-rabbinic” interns. Some spend a year, most spend two, occasionally three.

We have high expectations for each intern during their time with us. We want them to serve as powerful role models and mentors...

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For Immediate  Release May 4, 2017

Contact: Max Rosenblum or Graham Roth 202.387.2800 |

WASHINGTON—In response to President Trump’s dangerously broad executive order masquerading as protection of religious freedom, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the wider Reform Movement:

Today’s executive order undermines the First Amendment...

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Testimony of Rabbi David Saperstein On Behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittees on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules and Subcommittee on Government Operations on The Johnson Amendment

March 4, 2017

President Trump has publicly stated that one key priority for him in the area of religion is to “totally destroy” the so-called “Johnson Amendment,” a provision of the federal law that prohibits houses of worship, like all...

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