During the past 100 years, the Progressive Jewish movement has made a dramatic ideological and physical return to Israel. Reform Judaism’s founding platform excluded principles of Jewish nationhood; the 21st century begins with Progressive leaders actively promoting Aliyah (Jewish immigration to Israel), while validating Jewish life and community wherever Jews live. Indeed, Progressive Zionism today strives to strengthen the personal, historical and spiritual relationship of all Jews to the homeland of the Jewish people in Israel.
United by ARZENU, the International Federation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists (founded in 1980), Reform Zionist movements are active worldwide. In North America, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and ARZA United States ensure a union of aims and activities between Reform expressions of Zionism and Judaism.
Also worldwide, Netzer Olami, the Progressive Zionist youth movement, offers young Jews in 14 countries from Argentina to Singapore, Britain to Belarus, the opportunity to learn about, gain inspiration from and build a meaningful relationship to the modern Jewish State of Israel.
As efforts continue to achieve equal status for Progressive Judaism in Israel, the active and unwavering support of Progressive Jews worldwide, both through Reform Zionist institutions and through individual commitments, remains critical. An international network of Progressive Jews which stands behind Israel’s Progressive Jewish community is perhaps the best assurance of diverse and pluralistic Judaism in Israel.