The Union for Reform Judaism has sold off half of its headquarters in New York and is investing $1 million from the proceeds to overhaul its youth programming.

The sale of one of the union’s two floors at its midtown Manhattan headquarters closed on Wednesday; Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the movement’s president, announced the sale in his speech Thursday at the Reform biennial in San Diego. He said $1 million from the sale would be used to supplement major foundation grants awarded to the union to reshape its youth engagement strategies.

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Among the new initiatives Jacobs announced are the expansion of the Reform youth movement, NFTY, the National Federation of Temple Youth, to include sixth through eighth graders; a new partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation to help make Reform institutions more open to people with disabilities; and a deepening of the union’s ties with Hebrew Union College.

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  1. Jacobs does not get it. Even if every youth went to NIFTY each week, Reform will evaporate anyway. Why? BECAUSE THE REFORM BIRTHRATE IS ONLY 1/8 THE NUMBERS NEEDED TO REPLACE THE CURRENT FUNDERS OF REFORM.
    Add in 58% intermarriage with a whopping divorce rate and Hebrew illiteracy, Reform is headed for a train wreck that a new dining car on the train can't help.

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