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 cannot coexist effectively with those who live in modern times. 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. Read more.
These organizations are the family of the Reform Movement, representing its diversity and strength.
Training Jewish Professionals
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is the intellectual, academic, spiritual and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. Faculty, students, administration and family of friends and supporters represent a fervent hope for the Jewish future, a commitment to the present and a continuity with all the generations of the past. It is that shared vision that makes HUC-JIR an exciting and dynamic center of Jewish learning and influence.