Julie Schwartz. Reform congregations of different sizes have enacted greening initiatives, re-conceptualized their energy usage, and developed space-sharing arrangements with other denominations, all resulting in significant cost reductions. Here’s how to follow their example. Spring 2013.
Daniel Kirzane (yes) and Brandon Bernstein (no). Two HUC-JIR rabbinical students debate this issue. Spring 2013.
a conversation with Sarah Bassin. The executive director of the L.A.-based organization NewGround discusses trends in Muslim-Jewish relations as well as tested, effective ways to build interfaith relationships. Spring 2013.
RJ magazine readers throughout North America discuss breaking down denominational barriers, re-envisioning our Movement’s name, standing for something timeless, and shaping the Reform future. Fall 2012 web exclusive.
Elliot Strom (yes) and Arnold Gluck (no). Two congregational rabbis debate this issue. Spring 2012.
James Rudin. Why have mainline Protestant leaders—our social justice and religious coalition partners—consistently made common cause with the Palestinians, often ignoring Israeli perspectives on the conflict? How can we strengthen our relationships with Protestant churches? Winter 2011.
The rewards of Temple Beth El in Charlotte having partnered with eight Jewish agencies on the Shalom Park campus to launch the Shalom Park Freedom School, offering intensive literacy education to 50 low-income summer campers in a summer camp environment.
Jane E. Herman & Vicki Farhi. How Reform congregations are successfully engaging potential Jews-by-choice. Winter 2010.
Rabbi Ken Chasen. A rabbi's personal story of creating the conversion conditions to meet the potential convert's "moment." Winter 2010.
Robert H. Loewy. Out of the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe, a Reform and an Orthodox congregation forged a loving relationship. Summer 2010.
Three model congregational programs: an ongoing group of non-Jewish spouses, "Three Evenings with the Rabbi" for non-Jewish spouses, a group of mothers not born Jewish who are raising their children as Jews. Part of "What Works: Innovative Interfaith Initiatives." Summer 2010.
Jane Herman. What Reform congregations have learned about interacting personally with neighboring mosques and URJ resources to help. Summer 2010.
How Temple Sinai youth groupers in Denver and Netzwerk students in Bunde, Germany developed and nurtured a longstanding relationship that continues to this day. Part of "What Works: Ideas & Initiatives." Spring 2010
Seven of eight Reform congregations in Atlanta joined in the city's first-ever joint Shabbat weekend of prayer and friendships. Part of "What Works: Ideas & Initiatives." Spring 2010.