The fourth Union for Progressive Judaism music conference – Shir Chadash (A New Song) – was held on 12-14 July at Geelong Conference Centre, west of Melbourne.
The World Union representing nearly 2 million members across five continents is devastated to see the destruction of the most symbolic building in Christendom.For 850 years the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris has seen the extraordinary development of Christianity throughout Europe and has housed some of the most beautiful works of art that humanity has been inspired to create.
The senseless murders of 49 Muslims during Friday prayers at two Mosques in Christ Church, New Zealand horrifies us. The World Union for Progressive Judaism, representing over 1.2 million Jews around the world, condemns this act of terror and religious intolerance, and sends our support and condolences to the entire New Zealand community.
The Union for Progressive Judaism (UPJ) in Australia, New Zealand and Asia is a strong supporter of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. The World Union was supportive of us 85 years ago and we believe that, as a prosperous community, we have an obligation to support the World Union in its various programs. On a per capita basis, we are the most generous financial supporters of the World Union.
In early March, a group of 29 Bnei Mitzvah from Progressive communities across France (and French-speaking Switzerland) were welcomed to Beit Shmuel as part of a mission organized by the World Zionist Organization, under the supervision of Gusti Yehoshua Braverman.
Cherie and Fred Half, lay leaders of the World Union’s North American Advisory Board, and members of Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, California, reported on a very successful fundraising event at the end of February. Congregation Beth Am has for about 20 years been underwriting our twin congregation in Poltava, Ukraine. Our committee has […]
Beth Hillel Rome received the visit in Rome of a delegation from GIL Geneva as a first step in affirming a new twinning relationship between the two progressive congregations.
In late January – early February, the Third Pedagogical Conference of Reform Educators brought together 30 educators from Reform congregations in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to Gomel, Belarus for three days of learning and sharing best practices in early childhood education and Jewish education.
[GLOBAL] Progressive Insights and Resources on Antisemitism for International Holocaust Remembrance Day
The World Union thanks all the producers, researchers and speakers, including the European Union for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ), who presented the resources posted below for use by our global movement for further discussions and learning about ways to commemorate the Holocaust, addressing Holocaust denial, the state of Antisemitism in Europe, and more.
[UKRAINE] In their Own Words: Reflecting on the Second Biennial of the Religious Union of Progressive Jewish Communities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus
The WUPJ Conference in Odessa was an excellent platform for participants to study and discuss the ideology and mission of our Movement. Representatives of the communities of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, along with youth leaders and activists from Netzer participated in lively discussions about the future of the movement, about the priorities that we want to set for ourselves over the next two years and expressed opinions on how to build a link between different generations in communities.