by Robert Evans and Avrum Lapin In the weeks since the mid-December 2013 Biennial of the Reform Movement, there’s been plenty of discussion about how synagogues can develop new, more effective methods to make themselves more welcoming and accepting. At the same time, finding new and/or different approaches to attracting more households to affiliated congregations are (hopefully) uppermost in the minds of leaders and have become a major focus … [Read more...] about @URJ Biennial, Jay Ruderman: “Disabilities Is a Civil Rights Issue”
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by Daniel S. Horwitz Former Jewish youth organization participants are significantly more likely than those who did not participate in youth organizations to marry someone Jewish, have close Jewish friends, belong to a synagogue, find being Jewish very important, and have an attachment to Israel.[i] These findings remain even when controlled for individual involvement with other Jewish experiences, such as Hebrew school or Jewish day school … [Read more...] about Is There a Need for Both BBYO and NFTY?
Netanyahu’s message regarding Jewish unity left much to be desired. Will American Jewry buy Netanyahu’s shiny wrapping, or look inside to find a disturbingly bare box... by Rabbi Uri Regev Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently addressed the largest movement of American Jewry. Speaking via satellite to the 5,000 delegates to the Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial, Netanyahu focused on the "challenges of peace in three crucial … [Read more...] about Prime Minister Netanyahu, “Audacious Hospitality” and Real Jewish Unity
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) unveiled a new strategy for engaging youth at its Biennial Convention in San Diego this past week. "Inspired Engagement" - what the URJ is branding as their distinct way of engaging youth - emerged after an eight-month strategic planning process that included voices of more than 700 stakeholders from across the Jewish community and beyond. The goal of the planning process was to develop a strategy to … [Read more...] about URJ Commits $1m to Drive Youth Engagement Strategies
Demography is not destiny and the results of the Pew survey are a cloud, not a rainstorm. by Leonard Saxe and Fern Chertok As thousands of Reform Jews gather this week in San Diego for the 2013 Biennial of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the assembly is no doubt thinking about the recently released Pew Research Center’s Portrait of U.S. Jewry. We expect that many are confused. The study simultaneously documents the strength of Reform … [Read more...] about Scattered Sunshine with Pew Clouds: The URJ Biennial Forecast