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Rabbi Calls for Urgent Action on Jewish Refugee Crisis

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism, is calling for urgent action in response to “our forgotten refugee crisis”. Since the war in Eastern Ukraine began in 2014, 1.8m people have been forced from their homes by the fighting, including thousands of Jews from Donetsk and Lugansk.

International Humanitarian Award Dinner to Celebrate Eminent Reform Leaders at URJ Biennial

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) and Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) will honor Toronto philanthropists and distinguished Reform standard bearers, Nani and Austin Beutel, together with a pioneer of the Israeli Reform Movement, Rabbi Meir Azari, at the International Humanitarian Award Dinner. The evening will feature the exclusive North American premiere of the Debbie Friedman Suite for Orchestra.

Autumn Family Shabbaton in Odessa

The “Shirat Hayam” community’s autumn family Shabbaton in Odessa brought together fifty participants of all ages in a picturesque location by the sea. The three wonderful days were filled with Jewish study, family activities, master classes, prayers, and intellectual games. The Shabbaton was also the opportunity to learn more about Diaspora Israel Day, recently celebrated in Reform communities around the world.

Welcome to Netzer: 10 Questions with Raviv Alef, New Director of Etgar for Shnat Netzer

Shnat Netzer is the World Union’s leadership training and Israel experience program that hosts young adults from around the world for eight-ten months of learning, working and living in Israel – with Etgar serving as its core leadership training component. Recently, the World Union sat with the new Director of Etgar, Raviv Alef, to learn more about him and his goals for the program.

A New Beginning for Progressive Judaism in Italy

Sunday, October 15, 2017 was the beginning of what history will record as the day when Progressive Judaism in Italy came of age. Representatives from all four Progressive congregations in Italy (Beit Hillel in Rome, Lev Chadash and Beit Shalom in Milan,
and Shir Hadash in Florence) gathered in Florence to proclaim in one united voice: “Hineinu, Here we are”, and to elect a leadership team to direct the newly-established Federazione Italiana per l’Ebraismo Progressivo (FIEP) – the Federation of Jewish Communities in Italy.

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

Nov 03-06 2017 Communidad Bnei Israel, Costa Rica
When Dreams Become Reality: Comunidad B’nei Israel Costa Rica Celebrates 30 Years
Dec 06-10 2017 Boston, MA
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial Conference
Dec 07 2017 Boston Marriott Copley Place
International Humanitarian Award Dinner
Feb 15-25 2018 Mercaz Shimshon-Beit Shmuel
The Beutel Seminar for Progressive Jewish Leadership
Feb 17-24 2018 Caribbean Cruise
Igniting the Musical Jewish Soul
Apr 26-29 2018 Prague, Czech Republic
Regeneration – Building the Future, EUPJ Biennial
Nov 15-18 2018 Melbourne, Australia
The Union for Progressive Judaism (UPJ) Biennial Conference

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