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On December 17, 2002, the leadership of the Reform Movement (the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, or UAHC) announced a number of cutbacks due to financial constraints. One of the cutbacks was the elimination of the regional outreach coordinator positions, effective March 31, 2003.
The InterfaithFamily.com Network took a leading role in an effort to preserve the Reform Movement's regional outreach coordinator positions, because their loss would be a major setback to the cause of building a Jewish community that is welcoming and inclusive of interfaith families.
We are pleased to report that on April 3, 2003, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the UAHC, announced that of the 13 positions that were due to be dropped March 31, sufficient funding to pay for three positions for two to three years had been raised, and that fund-raising efforts were ongoing in other regions.
We created this section of our website so that everyone who participated or wanted to participate in this effort could be kept as up-to-date as possible on developments. We maintained a current list of temples whose leadership had been asked by at least one member to take action to have the cutback reversed. To see the list of those temples, click here. To contribute information for the list or to share your ideas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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News and Editorials
Letter to Congregational Rabbis and Presidents
Still Committed to Outreach
Reform Outreach Threatened
Reform Rabbis Asking Temples to Fund Outreach Jobs
Reform Rabbis Launch Campaign to Restore Cut Outreach Positions
Don't Cut Outreach
Reform Rabbis Protest Cuts to Outreach
Reform Cuts Outreach Program
UAHC Expects $2 million Budget Shortfall