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.
More than any other holiday in the Jewish calendar, Hanukkah reminds us that it is not enough to simply be nostalgic for something lost. Renewal and rediscovery are always possible, provided we understand the long and difficult process. Below you will find just a few examples from some of our Hanukkah activities that have been lighting the streets of Israel’s society throughout the holiday.
Yesterday, four new graduates of the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem became ordained as Reform rabbis. They are: Rabbi Dr. Ayala Ronen Samuels, Rabbi Joshua Weinberg, Rabbi Nico Socolovsky and Rabbi Dr. Eli Levine.
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.