Weekly Torah Commentary

Union for Reform Judaism and ADL Launch Critical Partnership to Combat Antisemitism and Hate

Amid an alarming rise in antisemitic rhetoric and violence, the Union for Reform Judaism, which represents the largest and most diverse Jewish movement in North America, and ADL (Anti-Defamation League), the world’s leading anti-hate organization, will join together in a multifaceted partnership to provide Reform congregations with the tools needed to address antisemitism in their communities.

Reform Movement Statement on New Government of Israel

The North American Reform Jewish Movement congratulates the State of Israel on the swearing in of its 36th Government. We extend our support to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid as they begin their tenure today.  

North American Jewish Groups Denounce Antisemitic Attacks in Wake of Hostilities Between Israel and Hamas

As North American Jewish denominations representing a significant majority of American Jewry, we join together to uniformly condemn rising incidences of antisemitism. We commend the many religious, civil society and political leaders  of goodwill who have denounced these actions and are urging and implementing step to strengthen efforts to combat antisemitism and antisemitic attacks.

Reform Jewish Leader Addresses Situation in Israel

“We are deeply concerned and pained by the spiraling violence happening over the last several days in Jerusalem and beyond. At this challenging moment we want to emphasize that attacks perpetuating the cycle of violence delay peace and increase bloodshed."

Reform Jewish Leader Celebrates the American Families Plan

"After months of extreme hardship caused by the pandemic and years of underinvestment, we welcome the significant investments proposed in the American Families Plan to improve access to education, health care, and economic security for workers and families across the United States."

Reform Jewish Leader Responds to Guilty Verdict in George Floyd, Jr. Murder Trial

April 20, 2021

WASHINGTON – In response to the jury’s guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, Jr., Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the wider Reform movement institutions:

Union for Reform Judaism Responds to Results of Israeli Election

“This week, as Israel held its fourth election in two years, we celebrate Israelis’ commitment to robust political engagement, despite election fatigue and the challenges of the ongoing pandemic. We are, of course, worried that the results indicate further political stalemate, which could lead to yet another election."

Union for Reform Judaism Endorses Kristen Clarke's Nomination to Lead Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division

"On behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism whose 850 congregations encompass 1.8 million Reform Jews, we write to convey our strong endorsement of Kristen Clarke who has been nominated to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division."

Reform Jewish Leader Condemns Rise in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

"The surge in hate crimes against Asian-Americans since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic is a shameful stain on the nation."

Union for Reform Judaism Welcomes Israeli Supreme Court Ruling  On Reform and Conservative Conversions

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the URJ, released the following statement on the decision by Israel’s Supreme Court on conversion performed by the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel.