New Consolation - A Resource for the High Holidays (and beyond)
In cooperation with the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Rabbinical Assembly, and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, we are proud to present New Consolation, a short, engaging study program. This sourcebook is designed to benefit your entire kehilla - for individuals and groups of all sizes, from teens to senior citizens. We hope they spark discussion, learning and growth in your kehilla throughout 5775 and beyond.
USCJ Receives Inclusion Grant
Thanks to a generous grant from the Ruderman Family Foundation, United Synagogue will launch an initiative to transform Conservative congregations into truly inclusive communities for people with disabilities. Through the grant, United Synagogue will work with its affiliated kehillot, sacred communities, to develop comprehensive visions and action plans on inclusion. The goal is to create congregations where everything – from the entryway to the bima, from education programs to prayer services, from social activities to the very attitudes of congregants and leaders – allows people with disabilities and their families to participate fully and comfortably in congregational life. read more...
Tisha B'av Message - Jerusalem will NOT stand alone!
Rabbi Wernick talks with USY Israel Pilgrimage participants about what their trip meant to them. Also, learn about the Conservative Movement's solidarity mission to Israel on August 18-21, sponsored by Masorti Israel, the Rabbinical Assembly, and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Read more...
USCJ Leaders Condemn Revenge Killing
As Jews, as human beings, we must unequivocally condemn the murder of this teen, apparently committed out of vengeance. Whoever murdered Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha’ar, and Naftali Frenkel must be brought to justice. So, too, must the murderers of the Arab teenager, Muhammad Abu Khdeir. read more...
USCJ Leaders Express Grief and Outrage
The leadership and board of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism join together with the worldwide community of mourners to express shock, grief, and outrage at the news of the brutal murder of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, the three Israeli students who were kidnapped earlier this month. read more...
This year has been full of activity and accomplishment for United Synagogue and our partner kehillot. Read Rabbi Steven Wernick's year-end report and hear about this year's many activities.
USCJ Statement on Presbyterian Church Divestment Vote
As the representative of 1.2 million Conservative Jews, United Synagogue believes that the Presbyterian Church USA made a grave mistake with its recent divestment vote, aligning itself squarely with groups that question Israel’s right to exist. read more...
Way to Go, Joe!
USY's 2014 Social Action/Tikun Olam vice-president is a JTA Teen Hero! Learn more about this remarkable young leader.
On Sunday, June 8, the General Assembly of Kehillot, comprising representatives of every USCJ congregation, voted to approve a new dues rate for affiliated synagogues. In a proportional voting system based on synagogue size, the results were 528 in favor of the change and 140 against. A total of 144 kehilla representatives voted, in person and online. (The non-proportional vote, based on number of synagogues, was 107 in favor of the change and 37 against.) Under the USCJ bylaws adopted in 2011, the General Assembly must approve any change in dues. read more...
As leaders of the Conservative/Masorti movement, we are deeply troubled by the hateful image – swastika inside a Magen David – found spray-painted outside Moreshet Yisrael, a Masorti congregation in the heart of Jerusalem and part of the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center for Conservative Judaism. read more...
Making Change With USY
United Synagogue Youth is launching a new program to bolster teens’ Jewish identity and their commitment to social justice by providing opportunities to meet and work with people in the forefront of social action, social entrepreneurship, and tikun olam (Hebrew for “repairing the world”). learn more...
We're Not Bragging, But...
CJ: Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism magazine has been recognized by the American Jewish Press Association with a Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. Our Winter 2013/2014 cover story, "The Urban Rabbi," has received first place in the David Frank Award for Excellence in Personality Profiles, magazine division. Congratulations to author Michael Schulson, and co-editors Andrea Glick and Rhonda Kahn!
Shooting in Kansas
As we prepare for the Passover holiday we are all shocked by the news of attacks on two Jewish communal institutions in Kansas yesterday afternoon. We offer our prayers on behalf of those who have died and those who have been affected by trauma and loss. We are especially horrified by the anti-Semitic attack in our country in the days leading up to both Easter and Passover. read more...
Christian and Jewish Leaders Achieve Breakthrough
The heads of Jewish and Christian organizations and denominations met in an unprecedented summit in New York City on March 27 to discuss strategies to strengthen and maintain relationships even in the face of significant disagreements. read more...
USY's 2013 Social Action Tikun Olam vice-president was profiled as a JTA Teen Hero. Read more about this remarkable young leader.
Schechter Network Receives Grants
Signaling a bright future for Conservative day school education, the Schechter Day School Network and United Synagogue have just been awarded nearly $2 million in grants that will allow the day school network to dramatically enhance its ability to strengthen North America’s 43 Schechter schools. The grants include nearly $1.7 million in funding from the Avi Chai Foundation for capacity building and programming, and a substantial challenge grant from an anonymous foundation. read more...
New Dues Models
<[>Synagogues are coming up with different ways to approach the question of dues - the Washington Jewish Week
covers these questions and approaches, with input from USCJ's Barry Mael.
A Note from USCJ on the KOACH Program
As you may have read, the board of United Synagogue recently made the decision to end funding this year for the KOACH program on college campuses. This difficult decision, outlined in our year-end report, was made because USCJ does not currently have the resources to adequately fund the program. As promised, over the last year we developed an ambitious program for expanding the reach of Conservative Judaism on college campuses, and are currently working to find philanthropic partners who can help fund it. Please read the letter released by our leaders about the KOACH program.
USCJ Against Gun Violence
To find resources, resolutions, and links about ending gun violence, including video of the USY rally, click here.
Are you looking for a scholar-in-residence for your kehilla? Click here to access a list of scholars available to USCJ kehillot.