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Statement on Kotel Prayer Service

We wish to offer a Kol HaKavod to the leaders, staff and participants who organized and took part in today’s prayer service at the Kotel. Nearly 500 participants joined this last-minute event to draw attention to the fact that the Government of Israel has not yet begun implementing the agreement to create a permanent space for pluralistic and egalitarian prayer at the Kotel. Click here to read more.

USCJ Awarded Grant from Jewish United Fund

For the second time in as many weeks, USCJ has been awarded a grant for innovative programming.  This time, Yozma Pilgrimage was one of the 16 projects selected to receive funding from the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s Breakthrough Fund, created to help support leading-edge local programs and initiatives that meet local human needs, engage Chicagoans Jewishly, and strengthen Jewish communities in Israel. Read more here.

Statement Regarding Meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu About Kotel Agreement

Today, a delegation of senior North American Jewish leaders, representing the Jewish Federations of North America, the Union for Reform Judaism, the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, the Conservative/Masorti movements, and Women of the Wall, together with Jewish Agency Chair Natan Sharansky, held an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in order to discuss the failure to implement the Kotel Agreement that was voted into law by the Cabinet on January 31, 2016. Click here to learn more.

USCJ Awarded Grant from Jewish Funders Network

We are thrilled to announce that our Community & Covenant initiative was one of the 28 projects chosen to receive matching grants through a program of the Jewish Funders Network for innovative projects that promote "Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their Families," created in honor of Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas. Read more here.

USCJ Appoints CIIO and CFOO to Executive Leadership Team

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) announced two appointments to its executive leadership team: Leslie K. Lichter as Chief Innovation and Implementation Officer (CIIO) and Bruce Skyer as Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFOO). Both will begin in their new positions on May 2, 2016. Click here to learn more.

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Receives Continuing Support on Inclusion Initiative from Ruderman Family Foundation

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) will build on the successful launch of the Ruderman Inclusion Action Community initiative to transform Conservative congregations into truly inclusive communities for people with disabilities, thanks to continuing support from the Ruderman Family Foundation (RFF) in the form of a $375,000 three-year grant. Click here to learn more.

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...

 
Parashat HaShavuah
     
     
    Torah Sparks:  Read This Week's Parsha
    Haftarah Commentary
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    June 25 - 19 Sivan
    Parashat Beha'alotekha
    Annual (Numbers 8:1-12:16)
    Triennial (Numbers 10:35-12:16)
    Haftarah (Zechariah 2:14 - 4:7)

     
         
     
    MRFs Now Available
       
       



      Membership Reporting Forms (MRF) are now available.  For the third year in a row, USCJ dues are staying to same and we are again offering a 5% discount to kehilla meeting certain criteria. Learn more or download the form here.

       
           
       
      IC Registration Now Open
         
         

        This December 25-29, hundreds teens from across North America will head to Dallas for a week of fun, learning, and Jewish celebration at USY's 66th International Convention (IC). Registration is now open - learn more here.

         
             
         
        New Kehillot
           
           

          USCJ is pleased to welcome three new congregations to its community: Congregation Beth-El in Mont-Royal, QC, Congregation Adath Israel in Newtown, CT and HaMakom in Sante Fe, NM.

           
               

           
           
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