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Daily Briefing July 6: Day 274 – Rabbi Rick Jacobs on reaching out to anti-Zionist Jews

The president of the Union for Reform Judaism says the future of Diaspora Jewish life is not in question, but it is up to Jewish leadership and educators to shape its contours

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

In a special episode, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism Rabbi Rick Jacobs joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan in The Times of Israel’s Jerusalem offices.

Life for most Jews around the world shifted after the October 7 Hamas massacre. Jacobs speaks about the sharply rising antisemitism versus the rise of Jews who are reaching out and strengthening their affiliations and connections to organized Judaism.

We hear about what Jacobs has witnessed on college campuses in the past nine months and his thoughts on how progressive Judaism may need a rebalancing between the values of universalism and particularism.

He sees the young anti-Zionist Jews taking part in the anti-Israel protests and an opportunity for engagement but worries about the safety of their visibly Jewish colleagues who are increasingly uncomfortable on campuses.

For news updates, please check out The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

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