Be a Tenacious Jew | Parashat Ekev

The Israelites are tenacious. That is a double-edged sword. On one hand they spend a great deal of time wandering the desert complaining and rebelling,…

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[ISRAEL] Congratulations to Member of Knesset Rabbi Gilad Kariv

The extended global family of the World Union for Progressive Judaism extends its best wishes and a hearty Mazal Tov to Rabbi Gilad Kariv, President and CEO of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, on his election to the 24th Knesset – the first Reform rabbi to achieve this remarkable accomplishment. We wish Rabbi Kariv much success as he embarks on this next chapter of his incredible career.

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[STATEMENT] Israel Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Recognizing Reform and Conservative Conversions: An Historic Achievement of the IMPJ and IRAC

The World Union congratulates its partners, the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), who, through the leadership of its legal advocacy center, the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), have secured a landmark ruling by Israel’s Supreme Court to recognize non-Orthodox conversions carried out in Israel for the purposes of Israeli citizenship under the […]

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[ISRAEL] Public Statement of Reform and Progressive Organizations, Communities and Congregations in Israel and from Throughout the World on the Intention to Appoint Mr. Efi Eitam to the Position of Chairperson of Yad Vashem

The World Union joins together with the Israel Reform Movement (IMPJ), the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ, North America), and ARZENU-the International Federation of Reform Zionist Movements, to express our opposition to the appointment, which would go against the values of this institution, its important role in Israel and the world, and would be contrary to the central message at the heart of Holocaust memory and research into the worst disaster in the history of the Jewish people.

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[FRANCE] Klal Yisrael Cohort 5 Explores Progressive Judaism in Paris

On March 3 – 10, 2019, the  Klal Yisrael Fellowship Cohort 5 came together in Paris, France for the second seminar of their fellowship year. The Klal Yisrael Fellowship program is a program of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) in collaboration with the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), and the Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism (IMPJ). Klal Yisrael is enabled by a generous grant from Betty and Arthur Roswell.  Participants, ages 21-30, meet for three seminars over the course of ten months – in Israel, North America and Europe – to collaborate and develop their capacity to impact an area of Jewish life that is important to them.

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[ISRAEL] Kehillat HaDror Celebrates New Synagogue

On February 6, 2019, Kehilat HaDror in Jerusalem celebrated the inauguration of their new Beit Knesset in the Tali – Bayit Vagan school.

The synagogue was made possible thanks to the generous support of Nani and Austin Beutel who were present for the celebration.

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The World Union Mourns a Legend and Leader for our Global Movement

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Gerard Daniel at the age of 102, on Friday, December 14th. 

Gerry served as President of the WUPJ from 1980-1988. His legacy of leadership and vision blesses us to this very day. He and his wife Ruth were lifelong builders of Reform Judaism, as you can read in the reflection shared by Rabbi Meir Azari here. 

His leadership changed the landscape of Reform Judaism in Israel. During his tenure as World Union President, Gerry partnered with WUPJ Executive Director Rabbi Dick Hirsch to design, fund and construct Beit Shmuel, the World Union’s headquarters in Jerusalem.

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