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My First Hundred Days

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Written by Ben Rich Monday, 08 August 2011


It is often said that an incoming US President has only hundred days to make a difference.  After that, so the received wisdom goes, the wind changes, the honeymoon peters out and the Washington beltway starts to focus on the mid-term elections.

Fortunately, we at the Movement for Reform Judaism don’t have mid-terms, although disturbingly I’m still only half way through my probationary period: I could yet be asked to walk the plank.  Nevertheless - as I pass my personal hundred day landmark - it seems a good moment to ask what we have achieved so far and how to keep up a full head of steam.

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What's it all about?

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Written by Ben Rich Thursday, 14 July 2011

I am currently undertaking the Movement for Reform Judaism's first strategic review for six years. In preparation, I have been reading endless previous strategic review documents dating back, it seems, to the time of Noah (vision: a big boat; mission: stay dry).

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Ben Rich on Shavuot Revelation

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Written by Ben Rich Friday, 10 June 2011

Shavuot afforded me the rare luxury of visiting my own shul, Middlesex New Synagogue.

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What Did the Romans Ever Do for Us?

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Written by Ben Rich Thursday, 02 June 2011

Ben Rich, Chief Executive of the Movement on why he sometimes feels like John Cleese...

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Ben Rich on the Role of Reform Judaism

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Written by Ben Rich Friday, 01 April 2011

My father has never really understood what I do for a living. "It's communications, dad: helping organisations explain what they do."  "But surely they know that?" he replies.

Yet do any of us?  Isn’t much of what we do force of habit?

As I prepare to take up my role as Chief Executive of the Movement for Reform Judaism, I want to reflect on why I personally do what I do and the individual journey which has brought me to where I am today.

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