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Statement on Behalf of Worldwide Masorti/Conservative Movement Regarding Egalitarian Prayer at the Kotel Decision

Today marks an historic moment as the Israeli governing Cabinet has approved a proposal to create a permanent space for pluralistic and egalitarian prayer at the Kotel (Western Wall). This space will accommodate all forms of prayer and marks the first time that Israel has enacted a law in support of an egalitarian prayer space at a Jewish holy site, thus conveying official government legitimacy on religious streams other than Orthodoxy. Twenty-five years in the making, the decision brings us measurably closer to the simple, basic fact that there is more than one way to be Jewish and that there should be "One Wall for One People". Click here for the complete statement and here for FAQs.

USY Announces Winners of its 2015 Annual Awards

USY announced the winners of its annual awards, including the first-ever Abraham Joshua Heschel Society Award which was given to Dr. Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), for her lifetime of service to humanity through the lens of Jewish values. Dr. Messinger was presented with the award after addressing more than 700 teens at USY’s 65th Annual International Convention about her activism and social change efforts. Read more...

United Synagogue Youth’s 65th Annual International Convention in Baltimore to Focus on Empowering Teen Advocacy

This December 27-31, more than 700 teenagers from United Synagogue Youth (USY) will gather in Baltimore, MD to celebrate, learn and give back at USY’s 65th International Convention. Read more...

Joint Statement of Worldwide Conservative/Masorti Movement

December 17, 2015 - This week, Im Tirtzu released a video accusing well-known human rights activists in Israel as being enemy agents of the state, while President Reuven Rivlin continued to be the target of incendiary language, most recently from the Heritage Channel and the new media adviser and head of public diplomacy and media in the Prime Minister’s Office. Read more...

Statement on Paris Attacks

We offer solidarity to the people of France and remind them they are not alone, as an attack on them is an attack on all of us.  Jewish tradition teaches us that we are all connected; only by separating themselves from the rest of humanity can groups like ISIS perpetuate such evil.  We pray for the recovery of those injured and comfort for those who mourn.

- Rabbi Steven Wernick, CEO and Margo Gold, International President, The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Announces Eric Leiderman as Winner of 2015 Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) announced today Eric Leiderman, Co-Founder and Director of Institutional Advancement of Masorti on Campus, as winner of its 2015 Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award. Eric will receive his award on Sunday, November 15 during the General Assembly of Kehillot meeting at the USCJ convention, Shape the Center, in Schaumburg, IL. Read more.

USCJ's 2015 Convention, Shape the Center, to Serve as Incubator for Change

"This November 13-17, the world’s largest gathering of Conservative Jewish thinkers and doers will converge upon the Chicagoland area to influence the future of Conservative Judaism at The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s (USCJ) convention, Shape the Center. Not just a conference, but a launching pad for positive change, Shape the Center is an opportunity to engage, inspire and transform Conservative Judaism and kehillot (sacred communities) throughout North America." read more...

Solomon Schechter Award Winners for 2015

USCJ announced the winners of its 2015 Solomon Schechter Awards, designed to recognize initiatives that shape the center of the dynamic experience of Conservative Judaism. Two congregations, Ahavath Achim Synagogue of Atlanta, GA, and Congregation Beth David of Saratoga, CA, have been distinguished at the highest level for innovation and impact, while 13 others were recognized for excellence in one of five categories. read more...

USCJ Forms Partnership with Rowman & Littlefield to Acquire Its Book Service

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism announced that it has formed a partnership with Rowman & Littlefield, one of the largest independent book publishers in North America, to acquire its book service, effective October 15, 2015. read more...

Statement on Violence in Israel

"The people of Israel are not alone; people of conscience and Jews around the world support them. That support will be felt next week as thousands of the world's Zionist leaders will descend upon Jerusalem for the World Zionist Congress. We stand side by side with Israel in this hour of need. We unequivocally condemn this onslaught of Palestinian terror and call on leaders from the United States, Canada and other countries to do the same." read more...

Conservative and Masorti Leaders Thank President Rivlin

"After months of acrimony, the leaders of Conservative and Masorti Judaism issued words of praise for Israeli Reuven Rivlin,  following the pre-Tisha B’Av gathering he hosted at his official residence last night with the heads of Orthodox, Conservative/Masorti and Reform Judaism." read more...

Keep the Memory Alive

USCJ is proud to announce the launch of Blessed Memory, an interactive virtual yahrzeit board.

Rabbi Wernick in Canadian Jewish News 

"Rather than asking “How can I get more members in,” I think the core question synagogues have to ask is “How can I get more meaning out?”The change today is if you only worry about membership, you’re not going to get the money or the members. You have to worry about meaning and about how you can understand people’s self-interest, their values, their stories, and organize around what those interests are through a Jewish lens. If you do that, then you build a financial model around it, which is the reverse of what tends to happen today." read more...

Making Change With USY

Matthew Fieldman, an advertising agency CEO who’s won several awards and honors for his work as a social entrepreneur has been named the 2015 “USY Danny Siegel Changemaker-in-Residence” by United Synagogue Youth. Over the course of the year Fieldman will serve as a teacher, mentor, and role model for Jewish teens, inspiring them to make a commitment to social action and social justice. read more...

Office Sale Information

We are delighted to report that after a certified count of all ballots, our affiliated kehillot have voted overwhelmingly to approve the sale of United Synagogue’s New York office. A total of 91.8 percent of the 258 kehillot voted yes on the sale, with more than 40 percent of congregations voting.  This turnout was far greater than the New York State Attorney General’s requirement and well beyond the two-thirds approval threshold required to allow the sale to go forward. read more...

 
Convention 2015
     
     

    More than 1,200 Conservative Jews descended upon the Chicagoland area for five days for our 2015 convention, Shape the Center. The event, which included a multi-generational Shabbaton and several interactive workshops, brought together Conservative Jewish leaders from across North America for celebration, learning, and collaboration.

    Click here to view the closing session video.



     
         
     
    Art Engagement Calendar
       
       



      A valued addition to many homes, the newest edition of USCJ's Art Engagement Calendar can now be ordered by clicking here.
       
           
       
      Travel to Israel, Eastern Europe, and Beyond
         
         

        Bring your synagogue together by traveling together. Our travel partner, Israel Tour Connection, can craft an itinerary to meet any interests – in Israel, Eastern Europe, South America, and beyond. If you can’t run your own trip, it’s easy to be paired with another congregation. ITC also runs United Synagogue’s popular trips to Israel and Eastern Europe. Tell ITC where you want to go here

         
             
         
        Savings For Your Kehilla
           
           

          Save Your Kehilla Money!

          USCJ has a cost-saving program for member kehillot. Find out how your congregation can save thousands of dollars on operating expenses, on accounting services, and on casualty and property insurance.



          Learn more here.

           
               
           
          Parashat HaShavuah
             
             
            February 13 - 4 Adar 1
            Parashat Terumah
            Annual: Exodus 25:1-27:19
            Triennial: Exodus 26:31-27:19
            Haftarah: 1 Kings 5:26-6:13
             
                 
             
            Kehilla Safety and Security
               
               


              Current world events are causing many organizations to re-evaluate their security protocols. From cyber-security to disaster preparedness, building access policies to security resources, USCJ has compiled a vast store of information to help your kehilla be the safest it can be.

               
                   

               
               
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