If I had asked a Jewish person some thousand years ago, what is the meaning of the holiday of Tu B’shvat (15th of Shvat), I imagine they would have scratched their head in confusion. In the times of the Mishna, the 15th of Shvat was the date on which the taxation year for agricultural products […]
In their own words, Comunitat Jueva Bet Shalom emphatically condemn the attacks which took place in the cities of Barcelona and Cambrils, offers prayers for the victims and their families and expresses solidarity with the citizens and the institutions that represent them. Read their response from the heart of the city.
The Areal Community, in the district of Linhares in the state of Espirito Santo, Brazil, was one of the communities affected by the mineral residues from the rupture of the dam of the Samarco mining company in 2015. Located in the mouth of the Rio Doce river, the community, made up of 250 indigenous inhabitants, was deprived of the only leisure activity that the population had: swimming in the river and lakes. The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) together with the Unidos Pela Vida (UPV) (United for Life) Institute visited the region in December 2016 during the 1st Tamar Tikkun Olam Seminar. Now, participants returned with additional resources to build a soccer field and more for the community and its children.
On August 10, 2017 representatives from the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), and ARZENU, the International Federation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists, met in person and virtually to discuss the global progressive movement’s efficacy at the United Nations in New York.
On the fifth of the Hebrew month of Iyar, 5708 (May 14, 1948), the leaders of the newly established State of Israel signed a Declaration of Independence. … Almost 70 years later, the State of Israel still struggles to balance its Jewish and democratic character – to remain committed to its Jewish values while at the same time remembering that those values obligate it to treat those who are not Jewish as equals.
What does it mean to be part of a global Jewish community? For many of us, the concept can be difficult to truly grasp. My father, sisters, and I recently had the chance to understand a little more about it, though, during our recent visit to the Progressive/Liberal Jewish Community of Amsterdam (LJG) when we met in […]
Seven new European Progressive rabbis have been ordained by Leo Baeck College, including the first ever Spanish born Progressive rabbi. Six of the rabbis will serve Reform communities. Rabbi Haim Casas will make history when he returns home to begin work in communities in Spain, as well as France and Switzerland. He was one of the […]
“The month of July 2017 marked 20 months of the day when the mud from Samarco reached the ocean. Twenty months of mud and struggle. Today we get together to remember, we get together to feel, we get together to pray, we get together to act for the regeneration of the Rio Doce river. We […]
The Shaarei Shalom community in St. Petersburg, Russia has begun a new project, the idea of which is to touch upon Jewish history and gain a better understanding of the life of today’s Jews in Europe, specifically the life of the Reform communities in Prague and Berlin. The founding member of this project is Ilya […]
The World Union for Progressive Judaism is excited to announce the appointment of Lior Argaman as Interim Director of Netzer Olami and Tamar. Lior will be replacing Maoz Haviv who, after two decades of dedicated and devoted service, is retiring at the end of the month. Lior served as the Director of Shnat Netzer, the […]