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.
This past month, we have been very busy with two subjects concerning Jews by Choice – on both the national and local levels. And now we are getting ready for Purim. Read more in our latest newsletter.
"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Religious Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett need to make it clear now that they will not allow another conversion crisis to arise. The heads of Jewish organizations such as the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federations of North America must impress this message upon these Israeli leaders before the next committee discussions on the Stern bill."
Last night, a demonstration was held in Ra’anana in response to the graffiti and vandalism of the Reform synagogue that occurred ten days ago. The protest was entitled “Hatred of ideas? Not in our society! We will not be silent!”
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.