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.
"We live in a time of wonders. From advancements in sustainability and medicine, to agriculture and defense, we live in a time during which we see advancements so large that they may be inconceivable until they have already passed. Only then can we look back, in awe and wonder of what was wrought, and recognize the miracle. This Shabbat, the commemoration of such an event takes place – the holiday of Shavuot, when we celebrate the miracle of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. We remember that God freed us of the bonds of slavery, from the dust and the tears, and led us into the land of milk and honey: Israel." Click here to read the rest of Rabbi Gilad Kariv's message on the eve of the holiday of Shavuot, as well as updates about current events, our new website, and more!
This past week, Rabbi Gilad Kariv attended the South African Union of Progressive Judaism's Biennial Conference. While in Johannesburg, Rabbi Kariv had the opportunity to discuss the current state of Reform and Progressive Judaism on CHAI Radio 101.9 FM. Click here to read more about Rabbi Kariv's discussion, as well as a link to the interview!
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.