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Union for Reform Judaism Biography

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The Union for Reform Judaism—the congregational arm of the Reform Movement in North America—helps to create and sustain vibrant Reform Jewish congregations wherever Reform Jews live. The synagogue is at the very center of Jewish life, transforming individual members into caring, committed Jews, inspiring them to live Jewish lives. The synagogue is the door through which our members encounter a larger entity, K’lal Yisrael, the people of Israel.

The Union provides leadership and vision to Reform Jews on spiritual, ethical and political issues. It offers opportunities for individual growth and identity that congregations and individuals cannot provide by themselves, such as camps and Israel programs, study kallot, and national and regional biennials.

As a member of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the Union connects Reform Jews in North America with Liberal/Progressive/Reform congregations on every continent. The Union represents Reform member congregations and their members in communal organizations such as the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

Union for Reform Judaism website, accessed on Dec. 5, 2007


The mission of the Union for Reform Judaism is to provide vision, leadership and programmatic support to Reform Jewish congregations and to perpetuate and advance Reform Judaism.

To fulfill its mission, the Union has four major goals:

  • To promote the enrichment and growth of Judaism through Reform Jewish congregations.
  • To foster the vibrancy of Reform Judaism through Torah (life long Jewish education), avodah (worship of God through prayer and observance) and gemilut chasadim (the pursuit of justice, peace and deeds of loving-kindness).
  • To support the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, enabling it to train rabbis, cantors, educators and other professionals and scholars who are essential to the spiritual and educational life of our religious community.
  • To be supportive of the State of Israel and the Jewish people wherever they live and foster the development of Liberal Judaism worldwide under the auspices of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

Union for Reform Judaism website, accessed on Dec. 5, 2007

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