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Reform Zionism can be interpreted to be many things to many people, even within our congregations.

Now, over 65 years after the establishment of the state, we need to work to support the democracy and to ensure that Israel is a place that embraces Jews of all backgrounds and streams in a pluralistic environment. Zionism today is not only about making aliyah, but is about understanding what Israeli society is today and how it can be improved in the future.  It is also about visiting Israel to see what an amazing country it is.

Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism
Rabbi Englander

Our Mission As Progressive Zionists

by Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander, Rabbi of Solel Congregation of Mississauga, Ontario Canada, and President-Elect of Arzenu.

My rabbinical class was the first to spend our first year of studies in Israel.  When we arrived in the summer of 1970, Hebrew Union College was a small but impressive building at 13 King David Street which had served, up till that time, as headquarters for the archaeological school.  But the President, Rabbi Nelson Glueck, had grander plans.  During that year, we witnessed the opening of a Mo’adon (lounge) down the hill, where we had our coffee break and attended special lectures.

Since that time, HUC has grown into an extensive campus that houses, among other things:

  • Classrooms and cafeteria for HUC students, along with a beautiful library and museum
  • A pre-school programme housed in that same Mo’adon
  • The offices of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, the nerve-centre of Reform Jewish life in Israel
  • The offices of Arzenu and the World Union for Progressive Judaism, headquarters for Reform communities around the world
  • The offices of the Israel Religious Action Centre, whose staff work tirelessly to promote civil rights and democratic values
  • Bet Shmuel and Merkaz Shimshon, buildings that host Progressive Diaspora groups who come to meet and study.

For further reading, please click here.

Can one be a Progressive Jew in Israel?

Discussion with Yaron Shavit & Joan Garson

IMPJ Food Drive

Sharing the light of Hanukkah
Food insecurity is at an all-time high in Israel. You can minimize the gaps in Israeli society and promote social justice by donating now to distribute food packages to those in need. The Keren b'Kavod department of IMPJ runs a holiday food drive and we can help.
Early donations will ensure that more families receive these essential food packages.

The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) distributes holiday food packages to all sectors of Israeli society, regardless of religion or status.
The need is especially great this winter, with loss of employment and reduction in social programs due to the Coronavirus.
CDN $72 provides a basket of food and vouchers for toys and books for struggling families of all denominations.

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