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The World Union Mourns a Legend and Leader for our Global Movement

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Gerard Daniel at the age of 102, on Friday, December 14th. 

Gerry served as President of the WUPJ from 1980-1988. His legacy of leadership and vision blesses us to this very day. He and his wife Ruth were lifelong builders of Reform Judaism, as you can read in the reflection shared by Rabbi Meir Azari here. 

His leadership changed the landscape of Reform Judaism in Israel. During his tenure as World Union President, Gerry partnered with WUPJ Executive Director Rabbi Dick Hirsch to design, fund and construct Beit Shmuel, the World Union’s headquarters in Jerusalem.

Reflecting on the Legacy of Gerard Daniel z”l

Gerard Daniel passed away on December 14, 2018 at the age of 102.

The world will be a different place without Gerry Daniel. Gerry’s personality, energy, wisdom and heart were larger than life. He was a natural story teller with a keen eye for detail and his memory was bar none remarkable. He related to people — so many people from so many walks of life fell in love with Gerry.

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WUPJ hosts and organizes seminars, lectures, activities, and other events all around the world.

Jan 24-27 2019 Singapore
Asia Progressive Judaism Summit: Jews in Asia 2019
Feb 07-17 2019 Mercaz Shimshon-Beit Shmuel
The Beutel Seminar for Progressive Jewish Leadership
May 03-11 2019 Spain
World Union Jewish Music Cruise on the Iberian Peninsula
Dec 11-15 2019 Chicago, IL
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial Conference

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