From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Practicing Democracy

Practicing Democracy jemerman June 28, 2022

As we reflect on the United States' Independence Day, I am mindful that democracy also takes commitment and practice. Democracy takes practice because it still is not accessible to all.

Becoming BMitzvah

Becoming BMitzvah jemerman June 27, 2022

I love seeing how our students at Temple Shalom of Newton transform throughout the process of becoming BMitzvah. It's the end of my first year coordinating the BMitzvah program and my colleague Allison Lobron, an experienced leader in inclusion and social emotional learning, and I are hosting an end of year celebration for our BMitzvah students.

Reconciling the Past, Identifying a Pathway Forward

Reconciling the Past, Identifying a Pathway Forward jemerman June 21, 2022

For the past year, I have been engaged in deep reflection over my responsibility as a Canadian and proud Jew in addressing the horrors committed against Indigenous peoples.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ Remarks on Reform LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ Remarks on Reform LGBTQ+ Inclusion jemerman June 13, 2022

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), recently attended the 50th anniversary celebration of Beth Chayim Chadashim in Los Angeles, California, the world's first LGBTQ+ congregation. This is a excerpt taken from his remarks at the event.