Applications Open for Beutel Seminar 2020

The Beutel Seminar for Progressive Jewish Leadership brings together Reform Jewish leaders from around the world for ten days of learning, sharing, and experiencing the vibrancy of our movement in Israel.

Ambassador (Rabbi) David Saperstein to Serve as President of the WUPJ

Rabbi David Saperstein, the long-time Director of the Reform Movement’s acclaimed Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), who served as U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom during the Obama Administration, will serve as President of the World Union in 2019-2020.  

Join the World Union at the URJ Biennial in Chicago this December

We’re inviting international delegates of the World Union to join thousands of Reform Jews at the URJ Biennial in Chicago this December. Come and share stories of our members and communities advancing our movement around the world. And attend one of the many World Union panel discussions and events that we’re planning! Details below.

Our Progressive Values at the United Nations Civil Society Conference

World Union representatives attended the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. The aim of the conference was to bring Civil Society together around UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 11, “Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities”.

[BELARUS] First Bat Mitzvah in Ivye

Jerusalem-born Mika Arad, a descendant of the Koschers – one of three Jewish families who settled in Ivye in 1600 – held her Bat Mitzvah ceremony in the Museum of National Cultures, in the gallery on the history and traditions of the Jewish people.

[PROFILE] Gay, Woman and Rabbi: Lisa Edwards

Lisa Edwards’ drive to break through barriers lead her through a successful career as a pioneering woman and openly gay rabbi for the last 25 years. On the eve of her retirement as senior rabbi of the world’s first primarily LGBT congregation, Beth Chayim Chadashim in Los Angeles, Edwards spoke with the World Union about her life, career and issues facing the Progressive Jewish world.

Remembering Rabbi Peter Knobel Z”L

The World Union mourns the passing of Rabbi Peter Knobel Z”L, former president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), on August 20th, at the age of 76.