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.
A lot has happened in this past month in all the different IMPJ Departments. Take a look at the things that bring us joy and light; the everyday things that allow us to overcome the darkness of anti-Semitism and anti-Reform rhetoric. Light Shall Overcome the Darkness.
In light of the recent upsurge in anti-Semitism in the United States, the IMPJ reiterates its unwavering support of our American friends and partners. This morning Gilad Kariv, IMPJ President &CEO and Michal Ken-Tor, Rabbi of our Megido Congregation(Jewish Federation partner of St. Louis) sent a letter of solidarity to our friends and partners in St. Louis. Additionally Plagim's 5th Grade class in Megido wrote a letter to the Jewish Community of St. Louis.
"You did not hesitate in the past to take out the Torah Scroll into the city streets and to march with it alongside Dr. Martin Luther King... You will not hesitate to take it out this time as well, if doing so becomes necessary." In light of recent changes in American reality, Israeli Reform leaders issued the following statement in support of our partners in the United States. Click here to read more.
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.