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.
"Rising Streams: Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel" by Dan Feferman examines a recent study that found an estimated 12-13% of Israeli Jews identify with either Reform or Conservative Judaism. Click here to read more, and to read a statement about the study by Rabbi Gilad Kariv, President & CEO of the IMPJ.
Over the High Holidays, Sukkot & Simchat Torah, we as an organization are proud to have impacted and included tens of thousands of Israelis nation-wide with pluralistic, accessible Judaism. We will use this impetus as the backwind to carry us strongly into the new year. Read more of Rabbi Gilad Kariv's Cheshvan message here.
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.