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Stone statue of Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Each year, the Reform Movement honors the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by commemorating the Shabbat nearest to MLK Day as Shabbat Tzedek. On this Shabbat, we remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and celebrate the hard-fought victories of the civil rights movement. It is also a time of reflection and recommitment as our movement renews its efforts in the struggle for racial justice in North America.

While we celebrate the great achievements of the civil rights era, we have no illusions about the progress yet to be achieved. Decades after Dr....

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Shiny 2018 against a black background

As we prepare to ring in 2019, we look back on the year we leave behind, and… whew, what a year. Below are the top 10 Reform Jewish moments of the year, both positive and negative.

Do you agree with our choices? What would you add? Leave us a comment and let us know – and may 2019 bring many more positive headlines within the Reform Jewish world and beyond. Happy New Year, friends.

1. Jews worldwide mourned together after the Pittsburgh shootings.

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, during Shabbat morning study, a gunman opened fire in Tree of Life Synagogue, a Conservative...

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2018 written in fireworks

Oh, what a year it’s been. With 2019 coming up quickly, we’ve rounded up the top Reform Movement stories of 2018, listed below. Happy New Year!

1. A new study proves the positive impact of Reform youth programs on lifelong Jewish identity.

A new study conducted for URJ Youth by leading impact evaluation firm Rosov Consulting demonstrates lifelong Jewish outcomes for alumni of URJ youth experiences such as NFTY, the Reform Jewish Youth Movement, and URJ Camps. The survey of more than 3,000 alumni (aged 25+) was compared to the Pew Center’s study of American Jewish Life and offers a...

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Screencap from Six13 video of its members faces illuminated against a black background

A cappella music-makers Six13 are back this year with their new Hanukkah parody song and accompanying video, a very Jewish riff on Queen's iconic "Bohemian Rhapsody." Watch the video here, and let us know what you think. What's your favorite Hanukkah parody of all-time? 

If you're looking for more latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts), like they sing about here, be sure to check out our Hanukkah recipes and sign up for The Jewish Dish, our monthly foodie newsletter. 

Firefighter turned town a blaze

The recent California wildfires have reportedly claimed at least 50 lives, 48 of them in the massive blaze known as the Camp Fire – the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history. The Union for Reform Judaism has been and continues to be in touch with Reform congregations in affected areas, and they stand ready to provide whatever support they can.

At this time, the URJ reports that Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, CA, has been affected by the fires, as has Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA. Rabbi Paul Kipnes, spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami, writes...

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