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.
From Rabbi Gilad Kariv, President & CEO of the IMPJ: "Just 10 days past the joy of Rosh HaShanah and the excitement of bringing in the New Year it seems that we starkly shift gears, from a tone of celebration to one of melancholy. The 10 days in between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are referred to as the "Yomim Nora'im," or the "Days of Awe". Yom Kippur itself is the Day of Atonement, when we ask for mercy and forgiveness for any slight we may have caused any damage we have done."
In just a few days, we will all be sitting in our homes and in our congregations with our families and friends to welcome the Jewish New Year - Rosh HaShanah. Our rabbis and lay-leadership are in the midst of preparations, and are proud to be holding High Holidays services and events in 60 locations throughout Israel!
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.