Reform Judaism

Throughout history, Jews have remained firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, even as we learned much from our encounters with other cultures. Nevertheless, since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has asserted that a Judaism frozen in time is an heirloom, not a living fountain. The great contribution of Reform Judaism is that it has enabled the Jewish people to introduce innovation while preserving tradition, to embrace diversity while asserting commonality, to affirm beliefs without rejecting those who doubt and to bring faith to sacred texts without sacrificing critical scholarship

Reform Judaism affirms the central tenets of Judaism – God, Torah and Israel – even as it acknowledges the diversity of Reform Jewish beliefs and practices. We believe that all human beings are created in the image of God, and that we are God’s partners in improving the world. Tikkun Olam — repairing the world — is a hallmark of Reform Judaism as we strive to bring peace, freedom and justice to all people.

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Reform Jews accept the Torah as the foundation of Jewish life containing God’s ongoing revelation to our people and the record of our people’s ongoing relationship with God. We see the Torah as God inspired, a living document that enables us to confront the timeless and timely challenges of our everyday lives.

In addition to our belief that Judaism must change and adapt to the needs of the day to survive and our firm commitment to Tikkun Olam, the following principles distinguish Reform Jews from other streams of Judaism in North America.

  • Reform Jews are committed to the:principle of inclusion, not exclusion. Since 1978 the Reform Movement has been reaching out to Jews-by-choice and interfaith families, encouraging them to embrace Judaism. Reform Jews consider children to be Jewish if they are the child of a Jewish father or mother, so long as the child is raised as a Jew.
  • absolute equality of women in all areas of Jewish life. We were the first movement to ordain women rabbis, invest women cantors and elect women presidents of our synagogues.
  • full participation of gays and lesbians in synagogue life as well as society at large.

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In response to rising antisemitism and hate speech on Twitter in recent months, more than 100 Jewish congregations and organizations across North America have joined the Union for Reform Judaism's Religious Action Center to demand Elon Musk take immediate, quantifiable steps toward reducing hate on his platform.

Reform Jewish Leaders Respond to Israel’s Proposed Judicial Reforms

The Union for Reform Judaism condemns the recent judicial reforms proposed by Justice Minister Yariv Levin.

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"We celebrate the bipartisan Senate passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, a historic bill that protects marriage equality for same-sex and interracial couples."

Reform Jewish Leader Responds to Bomb Attacks in Israel

We are sickened by this morning’s double terror attack in Jerusalem that killed 16-year-old Aryeh Shechopek and injured dozens of others.