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Mishkan T’filah Special Large Print Edition 10/04/2013
CCAR Press, with the support of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), has created a special large print set of Mishkan T’filah, the beloved prayerbook used in congregations around the world.  The CCAR released Mishkan T’filah in 2007.  At that time, a large print edition was published as well.  Since then, there have been requests for a more specialized, even larger print version. In response, the CCAR has worked with the Jewish Braille Institute International (JBI) to create this Special Large Print Edition.
Reform Movement Welcomes Ruling in Marriage Equality Cases 06/26/2013

Rabbis Jacobs, Fox, Feldman and Saperstein: “There is no more central tenet to our faith than the notion that all human beings are created in the image of the Divine, and, as such, entitled to equal treatment and equal opportunity. Many faith traditions, including Reform Judaism, celebrate and sanctify same-sex marriages. Thanks to the Court’s decision, the federal government will now recognize these marriages as well, while still respecting the rights and views of those faith traditions that choose not to sanctify such marriages.”

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 26, 2013 — In response to the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on marriage equality in the cases Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Steve Fox, Chief Executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbi Marla Feldman, Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism, and Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality is a significant victory for the protection of Americans’ civil rights. No longer will lesbian and gay couples remain invisible to the federal government; no longer should there be doubt about the legal legitimacy of these partnerships.

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which we vigorously opposed when it was first considered, has been an offensive and discriminatory measure since its passage in 1996. Since then millions have been denied fundamental rights because of the impact of this ill-advised law. Though that law still stands, today’s ruling in Windsor v. United States promises to lessen some of its most damaging effects. By striking down Article Three of DOMA – a section of the law that the Obama Administration stopped defending several years ago – the Court has enabled legally married same-sex couples to receive the same federal benefits, rights and responsibilities as married heterosexual couples.

Sadly, too many couples across America are still denied the fundamental right to marry. The Court’s ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry effectively expands that right to tens of millions more Americans. The Court missed an opportunity to take a stronger stand for marriage equality today, yet it is a step toward greater civil rights for millions of Americans.

There is no more central tenet to our faith than the notion that all human beings are created in the image of the Divine, and, as such, entitled to equal treatment and equal opportunity. Many faith traditions, including Reform Judaism, celebrate and sanctify same-sex marriages. Thanks to the Court’s decision, the federal government will now recognize these marriages as well, while still respecting the rights and views of those faith traditions that choose not to sanctify such marriages.

Inspired by our Movement’s longstanding commitment to civil rights, we joined in amicus briefs to the Court in both the Perry and Windsor cases. We look forward to the day when full civil marriage equality is the law throughout the country, reflecting our nation’s historic commitment to the civil rights of every individual. In the meantime, today’s decisions will inspire us to continue to seek justice for all.”

ON SALE! WRJ 2013-14 Art Calendars & Cards 06/02/2013
2013-14 WRJ Art Calendars & matching cards are now on sale! Order yours today!


WRJ's Centennial Assembly 05/30/2013
SAVE THE DATE for WRJ's 49th Assembly & Centennial Gala on December 11-15, 2013 in San Diego.
NFTY Thanks WRJ for Support 05/03/2013
During our Centennial Year, the National American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) is saying "Thank You" to WRJ for all its support since 1939 to engage young adults in Reform Judaism! Click here for tribute videos, essays, and more!
WRJ and Reform Movement Applauds Jerusalem District Court’s Ruling Regarding Women of the Wall 04/25/2013
WRJ and the Reform Movement issued a statement in support of the Jerusalem District Court's ruling today that said the Women of the Wall members should not have been arrested for their praying at the Western Wall and that praying at the Wall according to local custom does not mean Orthodox customs.
WRJ's New Covenant Book 02/01/2013
The latest volume in WRJ's Covenant Book series is a celebration of WRJ's Centennial year. The new book, Covenant of the Generations, premiered in January 2013 at the Fried Leadership Conference.

 
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