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Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before a live audience at the 2019 Union for Reform Judaism Biennial.

Only a few short years after the founding of the United States of America, George Washington expressed in an exchange of letters with the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, R.I., the oldest synagogue in the United States, the following historic sentiment:

“For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its...

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Isaac Herzog standing at a podium addressing the URJ Biennial

Editor's note: The text that follows was adapted from an address that was presented before a live audience at the 2019 Union for Reform Judaism Biennial on Thursday, Dec. 12. Read the full address here.

Many of my fellow Israelis respect the Reform Movement but simply don't know that there is much more ahavat Israel than people understand. Day in and day out, I tell them: It is our duty to uplift it.

I say to these Israelis: Every day I read...

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I figured it out. The word I wrestle with and struggle to explain to disagreeing friends. The concept that brings out my anger, frustration, and vulnerability. Seven letters that lean on assumptions and pre-judgment.

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Living in Chicago for decades now, when I’m away from here and am asked where I’m from, I hear myself consistently answering: “Originally from New York, but now in Chicago.”

I do that for two reasons: One, New York (and specifically Long Beach) is ever in my heart and soul. Two, I’m defending against the real possibility that someone might...

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Rabbi Angela Buchdahl speaking at an interfaith prayer vigil at Central Synagogue in New York City

All of the gloom and doom that many in the Jewish community have felt toward the end of this decade should not obscure the fact that the 2010s were full of innovation. Yes, there was an alarming rise in anti-Semitism across the U.S. and the world, which culminated in several violent attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions. But that didn’t stop the community from growing, evolving and adapting to modern life.

Here’s a look back at 10 huge developments from the past 10 years that have changed the makeup and lifestyles of Jewish Americans.

Technology puts Judaism in everyone’s... Read More

Group of people holding candles in a darkened room as if at a service

Editor's note: The text that follows was adapted from an address that was presented before a live audience at the 2019 Union for Reform Judaism Biennial on Saturday, Dec. 14. 

Jersey City. Pittsburgh. Poway. Hypercacher in Paris. Halle. Crown Heights. The list of places comes tripping off our tongues with an easy familiarity – places where Jews have been subjected to murderous attacks.

We Jews belong to a strange fraternity. Even those among us who know very little about our history, our tradition in all its manifestations, know...

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