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.
"As we enter the month of Tammuz, which also signals the beginning of the summer, I look back on what has been a very intense and yet satisfying period over the last few weeks. Two weeks ago we held our 23rd Biennial Conference. We had over 1,500 members of our 50 Israeli congregations in attendance along with an international delegation of over 100 participants. The conference..." Click here to read more of Rabbi Gilad Kariv's message for Tammuz 5778!
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!
“In the recommendations on the issue of conversion there are both worrisome and encouraging aspects, and on the surface a discussion would be appropriate. However it is clear that the Haredi political parties and the Rabbinic establishment are already planning to bury the recommendations permanently. This is more proof that they are not interested in reaching a national agreement or compromise. This is exactly why these parties cannot be given sole responsibility for entrance through the “gates of the Jewish people” which belong to all the Jewish people in Israel and the Diaspora, and not to an extreme minority.”
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.