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.
"The Nation-State Law is contemptible," said Rabbi Gilad Kariv at last night's rally, "The spirit of the law is one of isolationism, insularity, and the construction of walls." He told elected officials not to be silent: "Don’t play your game of political poker at the expense of the values and character of Israeli society! Don’t play your game at the expense of the hope of nurturing here a tolerant, inclusive, and generous society! Don’t gamble away the most valuable coins of Israeli democracy!"
Rabbi Gilad Kariv: "This is further proof of the potential damage that the Nation-State law can do to the legitimacy of the Zionist vision and to the values of the State of Israel, as a Jewish and a democratic state. Although the constitutional enshrinement of the principle that the State of Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people may assist us in the legal struggle to promote recognition of all streams of Judaism, the Reform Movement continues to passionately oppose the bill because of the harmful effect on Jewish-Arab relations in Israel, as well as its negative impact on the balance between the various core founding values of the State of Israel."
5:30 am this morning: Rabbi Dov Hayoun, Rabbi and leader of the Masorti Conservative community in Haifa, woke up to police officers hammering on his front door, questioning him on the “charge” of holding a Huppa (marriage ceremony)! The complaint was filed by the Rabbinical court. The summons of Rabbi Hayoun to a police investigation is a disgrace! We all know which countries interrogate religious leaders for the crime of addressing the needs of the public according to their faith and conscience.
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.