Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Whither Reform Part II--Congratulating Rick Jacobs

Well, we got a partial answer today: Rabbi Rick Jacobs, senior rabbi of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale New York (one of the most dynamic congregations in the country and one of the original Synagogue 2000 congregations) has been selected to be the new President of the Union for Reform Judaism. Himself a founder of S2K, active in the wider Jewish world, scholarship, and dance (he's a former choreographer and dancer of the Avodah Dance company), I have no doubt in my mind that he will do some dynamic and engaging things with the Reform Movement (no pun intended). I know he'll take the URJ where it needs to go; I hope he'll have the freedom of movement he needs to make real and serious institutional changes, and help the movement recommit to a vision and mission that fits. B'hatzlacha to him on this wonderful achievement. May he go from strength to strength.

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