As the largest Jewish denominational movement in North America, the Reform movement plays a critical role in shaping the North American Jewish response to the issues of our day. But according to the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), navigating a climate of polarization has become a stumbling block preventing many of the more than 2,000 rabbis who lead North America’s 900 Reform congregations from fully exercising their voices. The organizing arm of the URJ wants to tackle this problem by holding an in-person training for more than 100 rabbis working with politically diverse communities across the United States. This two-day, nonpartisan convening will be tailored to help participants learn and share best practices for exercising Jewish values in the public square. The project’s overarching goal: creating a pipeline of rabbis well prepared to provide moral leadership when it matters most.
Photograph by Hector Emanuel for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.