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.
Once every 5 years, US Jewry votes to directly influence the future of the Israel Reform Movement! Between January 21 and March 11, elections for the World Zionist Congress (WZC) will take place in the United States. We need your vote in order to help the Israel Reform Movement.
It has been 10 years since Rabbi Galit Cohen-Kedem and her husband Adar Cohen, 46, left Jerusalem and founded the Reform congregation in Holon, a largely working-class city south of Tel Aviv. It was hardly a natural place for the Reform movement – still widely perceived in Israel as an American form of Judaism – to plant roots. After all, as Cohen-Kedem notes, Holon is the “quintessential” Israeli city: Very secular with a large traditional component and, until their arrival on the scene, not even a hint of progressive, egalitarian Judaism.
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.
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.