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.
Another busy and exciting month has concluded at the IMPJ. We are proud to present you with this monthly newsletter, where you can read all about recent developments on the public, community, educational areas of activity, and more. We wish all of our friends and partners around the world a enjoyable summer!
This month is Pride Month, and Reform congregations across the country are celebrating LGBTQ pride with a variety of services and program. At the end of July we will join the annual Jerusalem Pride Festival, celebrating freedom of choice and remembering Shira Banki z"l, who was murdered at last year's parade. Click here to learn more!
Over the past few weeks, the IMPJ has been busy with a variety of public matters. The historic Kotel agreement announced in late January has yet to be implemented, the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee approved an extremely problematic Mikvaot bill for initial vote, and the Israeli Supreme Court voted in favor of a strict Orthodox interpretation of Kashrut. Click here to read more about these important issues
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.