(New York and Jerusalem) – The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) is proud to announce the appointment of Argentinian-born politician, social activist, and community leader Rabbi Sergio Bergman as its new President. Rabbi Bergman will officially take over this position on June 1, 2020, transitioning from Ambassador Rabbi David Saperstein who completes his year-long term.
Zinovy Kogan, founder and guiding spirit of the first Progressive movement congregation in the Former Soviet Union, congregation Hineini in Moscow, died in Moscow on Friday, May 1, 2020. That he passed away on Erev Shabbat certainly adds, according to Jewish tradition, to the honor he deserves as a passionate devoted Jew. That he passed away on May 1, International Workers’ Day, which in the Former Soviet Union is one of the most celebrated holidays in the year, certainly testifies to his legacy as an activist and beloved man of the people.
The World Union mourns the passing of Rabbi Neil Kraft Z”L, who was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and spent 17 years leading the Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue, in London. He was rushed to hospital after showing the symptoms of Covid-19 and was placed on a ventilator in intensive care. But Rabbi Kraft […]
Earlier in March, one of the oldest and most respected members of the Beit Simha congregation in Minsk, Yakov Kravchinsky, received a prestigious state award from the Federal Republic of Germany for his dedication to Holocaust education among youth and young adults in Minsk.
Earlier in March, more than 20 participants of the Klal Yisrael Fellowship program came to Israel for a week-long seminar to learn, network, tour Israel and meet with local social change activists. Their visit was the second of three week-long intensives of the Klal Yisrael fellowship, a 10-month program designed to empower young adults in the Reform Movement around the world to realize their collective capacity to effect change inspired by the progressive Jewish values that unite our worldwide movement.
On the evening of March 21, Rabbi Grisha Abramovich, representing Progressive Judaism, had the special honor tof being invited to participate in an interfaith prayer session against the Coronovirus along with spiritual leaders and representatives of the Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran, Greek Catholic, Evangelical and Muslim communities.
March 2020 | Adar 5780 Dear Friends, As we are all acutely aware, the rapidly spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) has already touched each of us in very real ways. In our congregations across the world and in Israel, our lay and rabbinic leadership are facing significant challenges. Our hearts reach out to them and we will continue […]
Avanhandava and Colônia da CIP brought together more than 270 participants between 6 and 21 years old, a record number compared to previous years.
Nicki Braun reflects on her first months as Mazkira of the Netzer Olami, the Zionist youth movement of Progressive Jews throughout the world.
Veida Olamit, the global summit of Netzer leadership, took place on January 28 – February 2 at Beit Shmuel in Jerusalem. The Veida is convened annually for the leaders of Netzer snifim (branches) to network, explore Israel, study Jewish text together, share best practices, celebrate Shabbat and make important decisions for the movement.