[STATEMENT] WUPJ statement on formation of new Israeli Government

The State of Israel and the world’s Jewish Diaspora communities have a relationship built on a common history and shared values. The reality of a ruling coalition in Israel that will include dozens of Knesset members who freely express racist, homophobic and anti-democratic beliefs is frightening and is an anathema to Progressive Judaism. It has […]

[PRAGUE] WUPJ Senior Vice Chair Sonja Guentner receives inaugural Isaac Mayer Wise Award

The Progressive Jewish community of Prague, Ec chajim, has awarded its first-ever Isaac Mayer Wise Award to the Senior Vice Chair of WUPJ and Co-Chair of the European Union for Progressive Judaism. The award recognizes contributions to the development of the Progressive Jewish community of Ec chajim and the Renewal of Reform Judaism in the Czech Republic.

[ISRAEL] Beutel and Bergman Seminars bring together participants from ten different countries

This year’s seminars took place in Israel from July 5-14 in line with the theme “Startup Progressive Jewish Leadership: From Vision to Reality”. They gathered day school teachers, rabbis, religious school directors, community leaders, and community directors to learn together, form collaborative relationships and strengthen the bonds of friendship that all Israel is responsible for one another.

The World Union mourns the passing of Rabbi Dow Marmur Z”L

The World Union for Progressive Judaism mourn with deep sorrow the passing of Rabbi Dow Marmur Z”L, former President of the World Union (1999-2001). Rabbi Emeritus at Holy Blossom Temple, in Toronto, Canada, he was born in Poland in 1935 and spent the years of World War II in the Soviet Union before returning to […]

[BELGIUM] Remembering Gilbert Lederman Z’L

A prominent leader in Belgian Progressive Judaism that oversaw the cooperation and coming together of our two communities in Brussels, Lederman was also a significant figure in the EUPJ and the World Union, including as a member of their Executive Boards.

Mourning the Passing of Lawrence Vogel Z’L

It is with the deepest sadness that we inform you of the passing of Lawrence (Larry) Vogel Z’L on June 7, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Linda; his brother, Robert; his children, Michael Vogel (Joan), Sharon Sommer (Randy), and Robin Lownsbury (Brad); and his grandchildren, Ryan, Erika, Daniel, Matthew, Carmen, and Kendall. Larry’s […]