Mourning the passing of Rabbi Richard Hirsch Z”L

With heavy hearts, we are writing to share the news of the loss of our honorary life president, mentor, leader, friend, and visionary builder of the world Reform movement, Rabbi Richard (Dick) G. Hirsch Z”L. We embrace his family, his four children, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and join millions of Reform and Progressive Jews around the world in mourning.

[AUSTRALIA] A Magical MachaNetzer Wonderland Camp

In her own words, Noa Abrahams, Mazkira (Chairperson) of Netzer Melbourne, shares highlights and reflections on their week-long Netzer winter camp which welcomed 120 chanichim/ot (participants) ages 3-12 by 20 counselors.

[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.

[AUSTRALIA] Summer Camp Success in the Time of Corona

uring the recent summer in Australia, Netzer Olami snifim (branches) in Sydney and Melbourne managed to host two successful – and safety compliant – summer camps for close to 190 children and youth with 35 counselors. MachaNetzer, for seniors, ran from January 6-12 and  MachaNoar, for junior campers, ran from January 19-23. Summer camps in Sydney were held at Emanuel Synagogue and North Shore Temple Emanuel and summer camps in Melbourne were held at the King David School, TempleBeth Israel and a campsite.