First year rabbinical student and Wexner Graduate Fellow Juliana Schnur (Class 26), overhears the quip, “No one in the history of the world ever washed a rented car,” and writes this open letter to her peers. And to the “elders” she exhorts: “confront the growing multiculturalism of our community: from intermarried couples to friendship networks across faiths and cultures, to children raised in mixed religious (or non-religious!) households.”

With thanks to The Forward, we share Juli’s article: 
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Juliana Schnur, a current Wexner Graduate Fellow (Class 26), is a first-year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem. Previously, she was the coordinator of strategic initiatives at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), a role she transitioned to after working as the assistant to the president-elect and serving on Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ presidential transition team. Juli graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a BA in Jewish History and Spanish Literature and received her MA in Jewish History from NYU in May 2011. Juliana is a Senior Fellow of Humanity in Action, an international educational organization that promotes human rights and active citizenship around the world. She can be reached at