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 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.
Some may think it is odd that the Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut are followed so closely together. How can a day of immense sadness, of grieving over lost loved ones, fallen in the wars Israel has fought since her birth in 1948, be followed so immediately by a day of rejoicing and celebration, the yom huledet of our state? This juxtaposition exemplifies the resilient spirit of the Jewish people. It takes an incredible level of self-awareness to move from a place of devastation to celebration, and there are no people that are more used to having to move swiftly from sadness to joy than the Jewish people.
"Just prior to Pesach we began a new initiative to work more closely with French-speaking Olim, and we will be holding public Seders in major cities throughout Israel in Hebrew, English and Russian. These efforts are part of our longstanding commitment to reach out to all sectors of Israeli society." Click to read the rest of Rabbi Gilad Kariv's Pesach message!
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.