On Friday, May 26, 2017, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) was received in a private audience by the Holy Father Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Rabbi Jacobs was at the Vatican as a leader of Religions for Peace, for their meeting on Ethics in Action 3: Migrants and Refugees.

The private one-to-one 20-minute meeting took place at the same desk in the same library in the Apostolic Palace as the meeting between Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump just two days earlier.

The Holy Father and Rabbi Jacobs discussed various themes relating to the promotion of peace and collaboration in the world through interreligious dialogue, assisting immigrants and refugees, and learning to love one’s neighbor as oneself.

Rabbi Jacobs also told the Pope that the Reform Movement supports the Pope’s efforts to promote a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians based upon the formula of “two states for two peoples”.