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May is Jewish American Heritage Month, established by President George W. Bush in 2006. Learn more about the history of the month… then get to work celebrating it! Here are just a few ideas, applicable in May and all year long.                                              

Visit a Jewish museum or a site of historical Jewish interest. Visit a Jewish museum, a Holocaust memorial museum, New York City’s Tenement Museum… the list goes on, and nearly all of these museums offer online experiences and exhibits, too. You can also visit an historic synagogue for a look at your local Jewish... Read More

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Ready, set, snap! Want to see yourself on the big screen during URJ Biennial 2017? Here’s your chance to share your congregation’s best moments with 5,000 Reform Movement friends.

Do you have great photos on your congregation's website, Facebook or Flickr page? Awesome photos of holiday celebrations, Shabbat, Havdalah, or social action programs at your congregation? Beautiful photos that demonstrate the vibrancy and diversity of your community? Enter the Biennial 2017 Photo Contest for a chance at a starring role in Boston!

To enter, simply submit photos that capture the...

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In "Faith on the Hill," the Pew Research Center shares analysis of the religious composition of politicians in the 115th Congress. It's big news for Jews: The 115th Congress's freshman class boasts the largest percentage of Jewish members in recorded history, at 8%; in the 114th Congress, just 1% of freshmen members were Jews.

Though Jews make up just 2% of the U.S. population, they account for 6% of Congress. Protestants and Catholics, too, are overrepresented in Congress, proportional to their makeup in the population, but other groups – including Buddhists, Mormons, Muslims, and...

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If your congregation has a Twitter account, you’re probably already using it to share out programmatic info – upcoming events, religious school closings, community seders, themed Kabbalat Shabbat services, etc. But this platform offers plenty of opportunity to engage on a broader level, using your account as more than just a megaphone to broadcast upcoming events.

Here are a few ideas for engaging your audience on Twitter, providing relevant information, and overall establishing a more robust Twitter presence – and don’t forget to follow the URJ and for lots of...

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Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, is a deeply somber time in the State of Israel. Writes an American Reform cantor who took her sabbatical in Israel,

In Israel, it's personal.

There is nothing remote or symbolic about Yom HaZikaron for Israelis. It is the day when you remember specific people in your family, or your friends or in your friends' families. It is a day to remember the people who graduated from the same school you go to, or those who were members of the same communities to which you belong.

Though most of us in North America don’t have the same...

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