[BOSTON] WUPJ President reflects on his friendship with Pope Francis
In a hybrid talk at Boston College, in the USA, Rabbi Bergman spoke about many of the Pope’s ground-breaking projects in their native Argentina including around interfaith dialogue, environmentalism and remembering the Holocaust.
First Australian Progressive Taglit Birthright Tour in Israel
Helen Shardey OAM, ARZA Australia President and UPJ Vice President, shares highlights and reflections on the Australian first Progressive Taglit Birthright tour participants taken at the Lebanon border.
[NETZER] Shnat Netzer Olami Gap Year Begins in Israel
Young adults from South Africa, Australia, and the UK began their Shnat Netzer Olami gap year program — Shnat Ramah — in Israel in late January. Shnatties gathered for the opening program at Kibbutz Revivim in the Negev.
[ISRAEL] Mourning the Passing of Ruth Cohen z”l
It is with deep sadness that the World Union for Progressive Judaism shares the news of the passing on last Shabbat in Herzliya, Israel, of Ruth Cohen z”l, one of our greatest lay leaders and much-loved friend of the World Union and our global Movement.
[CONNECTIONS 2023] Study, sharing of ideas and best practices, and (re)connections at WUPJ Clergy Kallah
The WUPJ Clergy Kallah, which takes place immediately prior to our flagship Connections 2023 conference, is open to all ordained and student rabbis, cantors and other clergy in our global Reform, Liberal, Reconstructionist and/or Progressive movements.
World Union announces WRJ Wilkenfeld and Beutel seminars as part of Connections 2023 conference
The WUPJ is proud that two exciting leadership seminars will be part of its biennial conference: the WRJ Wilkenfeld International Women’s Leadership Seminar and the Beutel Seminar for Progressive Jewish Leadership.
World Union seeks Lay Leader nominations
Nominations are now open until 30 January for positions on both the Governing Board and the Leadership Council, for the next 3-year cycle. We invite nominations of individuals across the spectrum of ages, genders, Jewish backgrounds, and languages. You may nominate yourself or someone you believe would be a great fit for WUPJ.
[LATIN AMERICA] IberoAmerican Institute for Reform Rabbinical Education ordains first cohort in Argentina
In a moving ceremony at Buenos Aires’ Mishkán synagogue on December 15, the IberoAmerican Institute for Reform Rabbinical Education (IIFRR) ordained its first class of rabbis. The new ordinees come from Argentina, Brazil and Chile.
[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 […]
World Union distributes Russian language Plaut Chumashim to displaced Ukrainian Jews around the world
For more than 30 years the WUPJ has supported communities in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus by translating many of Judaism’s sacred texts into Russian – texts that were left behind as people had to flee their homes and communities.