The European Union’s raison d’etre is to promote tolerance and protection to minorities. The European Union of Progressive Judaism recently opened an office in Brussels because it believed that the Union was taking strong action to fight anti-Semitism and promote Jewish life in Europe. Unfortunately, the European Court of Justice has upheld a ban on kosher and hallal slaughter in Belgium. This ruling represents a dangerous denial of religious freedom. It contradicts the European Union’s commitment to protecting fundamental human rights. We will continue to work with others to press the European Union to live up to its commitments.
The World Union joins members of our global movement – in Germany and around the world – in expressing our horror and sadness upon hearing of the brutal attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany. We grieve the loss of life and the terror enacted upon those who came together to pray on Yom Kippur, the holiest of days in the Jewish calendar.
What if everyone we knew stood up against the spread of hate? This year, in honor of Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) on May 1, we are asking our leaders, congregations, and youth movement members and graduates worldwide – and everyone who stands against the prevalence of hatred and incitement online – to report six incidents of hatred on social media.
The World Union for Progressive Judaism join other groups of good faith in condemning the senseless and murderous shooting in the Chabad Synagogue in Poway California.The world has now seen hundreds of deaths just in recent months, of people at prayer.
On March 3 – 10, 2019, the Klal Yisrael Fellowship Cohort 5 came together in Paris, France for the second seminar of their fellowship year. The Klal Yisrael Fellowship program is a program of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) in collaboration with the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), and the Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism (IMPJ). Klal Yisrael is enabled by a generous grant from Betty and Arthur Roswell. Participants, ages 21-30, meet for three seminars over the course of ten months – in Israel, North America and Europe – to collaborate and develop their capacity to impact an area of Jewish life that is important to them.
The senseless murders of 49 Muslims during Friday prayers at two Mosques in Christ Church, New Zealand horrifies us. The World Union for Progressive Judaism, representing over 1.2 million Jews around the world, condemns this act of terror and religious intolerance, and sends our support and condolences to the entire New Zealand community.
The World Union stands with our rabbis, members and leadership at the UJR – WUPJ – Amlat across Latin America in denouncing the horrific attack against Rabbi Davidovich in Beunos Aires. Our global community deplores this act of violence and wishes the chief rabbi a refuah shleimah, full and quick recovery.
The World Union thanks all the producers, researchers and speakers, including the European Union for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ), who presented the resources posted below for use by our global movement for further discussions and learning about ways to commemorate the Holocaust, addressing Holocaust denial, the state of Antisemitism in Europe, and more.
Beit Polska – The Union of Polish Progressive Jewish Communities in Poland and the European Union for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ) are concerned about the Amended Act on the Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation and some other Acts as passed by Lower House of Poland’s Parliament on […]
On the eve of the Holocaust International Remembrance Day, the Sandra Breslauer Center for Progressive Judaism “Beit Simha” hosted commemorative events dedicated to the day which was launched worldwide in 2005 by the decision of the UN General Assembly.