[Russia] 70 Years of Israel-Russia Relations Celebrated at World Union Conference in Moscow

On May 23-24, the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), the Institute for Modern Jewish Studies and the Russian State University of Humanities (RSUH) in Moscow, in cooperation with The Department for Diaspora Activities, the Department for Zionist Activities in Israel and Combatting against Antisemitism of the World Zionist Organization (WZO) held a momentous academic […]

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[SINGAPORE] Asian Progressive Judaism Teen Weekend

Twenty-five teens gathered from five cities for the most recent Asian Progressive Judaism (APJ) Teen Leadership weekend, held in Singapore from 11-13th May. Communities in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bali and Jakarta were all represented by their young people, accompanied by their rabbis and lay leadership.   The group were treated to a tour of Jewish […]

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The World Union in the FSU: Growing Reform Judaism and Training Russian-Speaking Rabbis

More than 30 years ago, modern Reform Jewish life began in the Former Soviet Union. Since then, the Reform Movement has flourished, establishing strong roots in the FSU and offering a wide variety of activity in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic States. The more than 40 WUPJ-associated congregations in the FSU receive professional staff […]

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[Prague] Post-Biennial Round-up: On “REGENERATION – Building the Future” by the European Union for Progressive Judaism

More than 350 delegates from 28 countries assembled in the beautiful city of Prague to celebrate the Biennial Conference of the European Union for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ). Beginning on Thursday 26th April, an opening ceremony was held in the Smetana Hall within the Municipal House and included welcoming messages from the President of the Jewish […]

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[Argentina] A Journey Back Home… A New Story to Tell

On May 25, 1908, the Opera House in Buenos Aires, “Teatro Colon,” opened its doors in its current location. This monumental and majestic theater required three different architects and the most refined woods, marble, tile, etc. from Spain, France, and Italy, as well as other countries, for its construction. Luciano Pavarotti would say about the […]

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Let’s Clear Our Voices for Passover

Passover is on the way. Time to put away the hametz and get set for the “yumminess” provided by matzah. It’s not good enough to just avoid purchasing leavened goods; rather we must actively seek out any remnants of these items in the house and dispose of them. Or at the very least, loan them out. We engage our broomsticks and search for and sweep up those leftover crumbs. Just as important, we need to identify the metaphorical hametz that provides excuses for our inaction. This too ought to be a planned precise procedure. We know deep down in our hearts that in emerging from the winter months, we should gear ourselves up for renewal. Passover is a perfectly suited opportunity to inspire us to serve as advocates for a compassionate globe.

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[Belarus] Solemnity and Solidarity at the March of Remembrance in Grodno

On March 18, more than 200 members of the Jewish communities as well as representatives of Christian congregations, non-governmental organizations, diplomats, schoolchildren, students, foreign visitors and residents of Grodno gathered at “March of Remembrence” in Grodno to honor the memory of Grodno ghetto demolition that happened 75 years ago. The event began with prayer led […]

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[St. Thomas] Coming Together in (and for) Reform Communities in the Caribbean

I have just returned from an amazing trip to the Caribbean with the World Union for Progressive Judaism. We visited congregations in San Juan, St. Thomas, Curacao, and Aruba, some of the oldest congregations in the Western hemisphere. We shared our stories, our music, and our prayers with each of these communities. As you know, […]

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[HONG KONG] Welcoming Jews on the Frontiers at the Asian Progressive Jewish Summit

Twenty representatives of six Asian Progressive communities met in Hong Kong in late January for the 2018 Asian Progressive Jewish Summit, and were joined by World Union leaders Carole Sterling, Chair, and Rabbi Daniel H. Freelander, President. Delegates from Shanghai, Singapore, Myanmar, Bali, Tokyo and Hong Kong were joined by Rabbi Fred Morgan, Regional Rabbi […]

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Travel with the World Union & Experience Reform Judaism Around the World

Looking to travel this year? And interested in experiencing and exploring Reform and Progressive Judaism around the world? In partnership with Ayelet Tours, the World Union is leading two exciting tours in 2018 – and you’re invited to join! Igniting the Musical Jewish Soul, February 17-24 A seven day Caribbean cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean […]

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