It is a small world! Surely, many of you have had that thought. Perhaps you have read these stories or had similar experiences.
- “Do any of you know anyone who is a member of a progressive Jewish congregation in Berlin, Germany? One of my cousins will be visiting Berlin during Rosh Hashanah and she’d love to attend services.”
- “My summer travels this year took me to Paris… my French cousins introduced me to Rabbis Pauline Bebe and Tom Cohen. Rabbi Bebe, the first female rabbi in Europe, was a former [Women of Reform Judaism] scholarship recipient.”
- “The Seder (in Lisbon) that my family and I attended was only the second one that the community had ever organized.”
- “My sister Liz and I had a frightening experience that was transformed into something wonderful… by the sense of connectedness and concern that we experienced… Our 89-year-old father … on a cruise… had to be air-lifted to Santiago, Chile. I knew about the Jewish virtues of “visiting the sick” and “welcoming the stranger,” but I had never experienced them first-hand. Congregation Ruaj Ami (in Santiago) exemplifies all the best in Judaism.” Note: Their father returned home safely.
- Awakened in the night by a phone call from the American Embassy in Riga, Latvia, I learned that (my son) Alec had been hit by a trolley…and required emergency surgery. After 10 days in Riga, Alec was well enough to return to the U.S. for additional surgery. I cannot tell you how fortunate I feel for the power and efficacy of Jewish and World Union connections who assisted us in navigating the medical system abroad, visited our son in the hospital until I could arrive, and helped me figure out how best to get Alec home. Note: Alec survived his accident without any residual issues.
- WUPJ hosts summer youth camps, outside of North America for more than 3,000 campers and young adult counselors. Would you like to get involved?
- Annually more than 100 Reform Jewish leaders and educators attended WUPJ’s Center for Leadership Development and Education seminars. Would you like to be a participant?
- Globally, WUPJ facilitates the training of native-speaking rabbis and Jewish professionals at seminaries in Moscow, Buenos Aires, Potsdam, Jerusalem, and London. Would you like to learn more?
- WUPJ and WRJ share delegates and access status at the United Nations, representing a progressive Jewish voice at the UN. Would you like to get involved?