Reform Rift Over Zionist Credentials of Incoming Chief Rick Jacobs


SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) – Ads questioning the Zionist credentials of the leader-designate of the Reform movement are a distortion, Reform leaders said.

The ad attacking Rabbi Richard Jacobs for not being sufficiently pro-Israel appeared in a number of Jewish newspapers this week. It was placed by a group of Reform Jews calling themselves Jews Against Divisive Leadership.

Eight Days a Week, (Camp) I Lo-o-o-o-ove You!

Special to the Jewish Week

So, I'm in the middle of my Pesach preparations, as I'm sure many of you are. I'm figuring out which Haggadah to use this year, finalizing the menu that my sister and I will prepare for our guests, and cleaning up the living room and dining room. The kitchen is about to be the eye of the storm, and brand-new bottles of Manichewitz wine are already forming what looks like a small army on the counter.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

New Reform Head Walking Pro-Israel Tightrope

URJ President-designate Rabbi Rick Jacobs embraces J Street goals,
not necessarily all its actions.

Staff Writer

Rabbi Richard Jacobs of Scarsdale, poised to become the next leader of the Reform movement, recalled this week taking part in an anti-government protest in Jerusalem last July sponsored by the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity movement.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs with IDF soldiers at Westchester Reform Temple in March 2010.

J.J. Goldberg gets it on Richard Jacobs, Reform, J Street

Okay, he works for the competition and all, but I have to say it: the Forward's J.J. Goldberg nailed it  on the issue of Rabbi Richard Jacobs, recently selected as the new president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

NFTY’s ‘Glee’ Club


The members of the glee club on the hit television series “Glee” rarely venture outside their high school music classroom. But this summer the Union for Reform Judaism is searching for the best and brightest Jewish performers to take their own choral act on the road to Europe and Israel.

Auditions for “JewGlee,” a teen summer program run by the North American Federation of Jewish Youth (NFTY), are kicking off next month as URJ scours the country for 30 of the best, most enthusiastic teens for its pilot program.

Alene Katzew will lead 30 teens across Europe and Israel in a “Glee”-style choral group.

Giving Campers a Sporting Chance

Thanks for foundation grants, summer experience for future Jewish athletes is on deck for June debut.

Editorial Intern

With an emphasis on intensive sports and Jewish values, a new camp is hoping to draw scores of budding athletes from across the country next summer.
June 2010 will mark the inaugural season of the 6 Points Sports Academy, held on the facilities of the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, N.C. The camp will be the 13th member of the network of camps run by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).

Athletes have the use of the American Hebrew Academy's breathtaking facilities.
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