Centered around the theme “Milestones & Innovations,” in celebration of the WUPJ’s 90th anniversary, the four-day biennial event drew over 450 lay leaders, rabbis, students and congregants from Progressive, Reform, and Liberal communities from 30 countries. For many, Shabbat services were a highly anticipated event known for bringing together cantors and rabbis from around the world, alongside songs and practices that are introduced for all to share.
In the summer of 1994, I set out for North America with my wife and two children as a shaliach (emissary) to the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), the North American branch of the Reform youth movement. My service in the U.S. was cut short due to my wife Tikva’s cancer diagnosis, but […]
The idea came to us last year during a discussion with Ruth Bohm, a representative of Women for Reform Judaism (WRJ) in Latin America. We were talking about ways to connect Jewish women from our region, with diverse backgrounds, in a new and exciting way. That’s when it dawned on us: the most special rite […]
Stav Shaffir is the youngest female Knesset member in Israel’s history, outspoken for demanding fiscal oversight of settlement funding and supporting a wide array of social justice issues: from affordable housing for young Israelis to the rights of Women of the Wall. Shaffir placed second in the January 2015 primaries of the Labor Party and […]
On April 22, 2017 in Houston, Texas, more than 200 people attended the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)’s gala event honoring long-time WUPJ leaders, Dolores Wilkenfeld and Stephen Breslauer.
View the photos and read the stories from our four-day biennial conference that ended on May 20, 2017 following a meaningful and inspiring program of speakers, special events, Shabbat services, site visits and more. Click here to start!
We envision our new website as a central online hub of activity, insight and updates that strengthen and advance our global movement. That’s why we’re opening our website to submissions from constituents in congregations, communities, rabbinical schools, jewish education centers, youth cubs and more. Please click through to read our submissions guidelines for direction and […]
Every year, the Sociedad Israelita Brasileira (SIBRA) Congregation in Porte Alegre, Brazil, of which I am the President, comes together to celebrate Passover in a communal seder. This year, drawing upon years of the good and deep relationship between both our communities and spiritual leaders, the Archbishop of Porto Alegre, Dom Jaime Spengler, invited SIBRA […]
The program kicked off in December 2016, with the 2016-17 fellows, comprised of a diverse group of 22 enthusiastic young adults from eight countries, beginning the year with their first seminar in Jerusalem in December. Between March 19-26 the group converged on Berlin for a week of training, touring, education, exploration and communal growth. Rebecca […]
A member of the HUC-JIR faculty from 2007 until her passing in 2011, Debbie Friedman inspired students through her creativity and musical talents, helped guide their spiritual and leadership development, and provided them with innovative strategies to transform congregations into communities of learning and meaning. In 2011, the School of Sacred Music was renamed the […]