The key to securing Jewish continuity and strengthening Reform Judaism is high-level professional and lay leadership. The World Union partners with many Reform institutions in the training and placement of rabbis around the world. Rabbinic seminaries include the Leo Baeck College-Centre for Jewish Education in London, the Abraham Geiger College in Berlin, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in the United States and Israel, the Levisson Instituut in the Netherlands and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in the United States.
The World Union also provides other avenues of training, most notably the Machon (Institute for Modern Jewish Studies) in Moscow, which trains native paraprofessional congregational leaders, and the Anita Saltz International Education Center located at Mercaz Shimshon / Beit Shmuel, the World Union headquarters in Jerusalem. Here some of Israel’s most accomplished scholars and teachers engage participants from all over the world in Jewish learning and living through a variety of programs, including the Beutel Leadership Training Seminar.