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Islamic crest and Star of David signs held next to one another against a blue background

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, and in truth, there’s a lot of laughter in what comes next: An imam and a rabbi walk into a conference of Reform Jews…

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Closeup of a dripping home faucet

We can do better than this. We must do better than this. But it will take all of us to be brave and to speak up.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Rev Barber at the podium at the 2017 URJ Biennial

This address was presented before the 74th Union for Reform Judaism Biennial convention on Wednesday, December 6.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
2017 URJ Biennial logo in three dimensions at entrance to Boston's Hynes Convention Center

URJ Biennials are filled with lots of big moments, but sometimes the magic – and the most important lessons – are in the small ones.

David Billotti
Reverend Barber speaks at a podium

Describing Reverend Dr. William J.

Marissa Solomon
Collage of various URJ Biennial speakers highlighted in this article

In anticipation of the upcoming URJ Biennial, we’re sharing 14 interviews that have appeared on our site in the past few months, highlighting the work and worldviews of Jewish personalities worth knowing.

Kate Bigam Kaput
Dictionary page with highlighted entry for anti-Semite

Although anti-Semitic attitudes have remained consistent, anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise since 2015. Learn more from the head of the ADL.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Overhead photo of four different soups in bowls with silverware, napkins, and drinks around the bowls

Learn how Steve Cook, from a family that includes numerous Reform rabbis and Jewish connections, found himself running successful Jewish-influenced restaurants.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Amber colored crystal pendant engraved with a Star of David on a chain against a white background

Aaron Hahn Tapper talks about weaving together the multiple ways Jews identify in terms of culture, ethnicity, nation, nationality, race, religion.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Lightbulb on small chalkboard surrounding by a speech bubble

Learn why Dan Libenson, founder and president of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, is calling for disruptive innovation in Jewish life.
 

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

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