The Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) is the umbrella organization of all the Reform communities and institutions in Israel.
We seek to integrate Jewish tradition with the realities of modern life, and believe in the right of each individual to shape their own Jewish way of life through a process of study and reflection. The Reform movement emphasizes the commandments concerning relations between humans, religious tolerance, and full equality between women and men in the synagogue and in all walks of life.
Yesterday, as Jewish people around the world prayed on Yom Kippur to be inscribed in the Book of Life for the coming year, a 27-year-old German national opened fire on a public street in Halle after failing to break into a synagogue as Jews were inside praying. The IMPJ stands with our German brothers and sisters in condemning this horrific attack and mourning the 2 lives lost.
"Ashangolit" (አሻንጉሊት – Amharic for "doll"), is a new and unique venture of the Kehillat B'Rosh Pluralisti in Rosh Pina which establishes a circle of Galilee women around their stories and life experiences. This project is a combination of art and creativity that imbues personal and identity processes together with group and communal belonging. As part of this unique program, new immigrants from Ethiopia and veteran Israeli women from the Tzahar region meet in Rosh Pina and engage in art – creating "Ashangolit" dolls.
The following is a translation of the resolution adopted yesterday by the IMPJ Executive Board on the subject of the potential harm to Israel’s system of Justice and the Supreme Court arising from the coalition negotiations, and the decision to join other NGOs and organizations in the public campaign.
The IMPJ seeks to strengthen Jewish identity in Israel. Our congregations, from Nahariya in the north to Kibbutz Lotan in the southern desert, seek to bring Israelis closer to Jewish heritage and culture and to the values of pluralism, equality and humanism.
The IMPJs Community Outreach Department is responsible for a wide range of programs and activities in the communal and public spheres:
Social Justice Jewish tradition mandates concern for others, and the IMPJ takes this value seriously.
The IMPJ cooperates with local congregations, the Israel Religious Action Center, the Young Adult Leadership Forum and other bodies in order to plan and implement social justice programs. Activities include distributing basic school equipment to disadvantaged students before the beginning of the school year; distributing traditional food parcels for the needy at Passover; and running a social justice fair at two leading Israeli universities to expose students to organizations active in the field.