The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is a dynamic network of Reform Jewish
congregations, lay leaders, clergy and professionals, which represent the
largest and fastest growing constituency of Jews in North America. Our
progressive, inclusive approach unites thousands of years of Jewish tradition
and values with modern Jewish experience to strengthen Judaism today and for
future generations. Through programs, consultations, resources, and networking
opportunities provided by the URJ, we help strengthen our nearly 900 member
congregations, welcome spiritual seekers through audacious hospitality, engage Jewish youth,
deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue tikkun olam (social
justice), connect with Israel, and develop inspired leadership.
As a member of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the URJ connects Reform Jews in North America with Liberal/Progressive/Reform congregations around the globe. The URJ also represents Reform congregations in regional, North American and international organizations that include the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
What the Union Stands For
As the congregational arm of the Reform Movement, the Union for Reform Judaism strives to create and sustain vibrant Jewish congregations throughout North America. The URJ promotes the idea of the congregation as the center of Jewish life, facilitating the transformation of individual members into caring, committed Jews who are inspired to live Jewish lives. Learn more about the purpose and mission of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Founded in 1873 by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, the URJ has grown from 34 congregations in 28 cities to more than 900 congregations in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Policies & Governance
The Union for Reform Judaism is governed by a Board of Trustees that meets twice each year. The board consists almost entirely of lay leaders who are members of URJ congregations throughout the United States and Canada.
Support Reform Judaism
Support of the Union for Reform Judaism ensures a vibrant Reform Movement
by strengthening congregations, supporting lifelong Jewish learning and
promoting social justice. The annual campaign of the Union for Reform Judaism provides funding for
much of the Union's creative programming and helps insure the continued
growth and strength of the Reform Movement.
Leadership & Staff
The URJ's leadership and staff provide congregations and their members with creative programming ideas for all areas of synagogue life, including worship, education and social action. The staff also provides ongoing consultation and problem solving for member congregations, and works to anticipate and meet their needs in a rapidly changing environment.
President Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Learn about Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the presidentof the Union for Reform Judaism. Read his writings, speeches, and articles about him in the press.
By & About Rabbi Eric Yoffie
Read the latest speeches, articles, and blog posts written by URJ President Emeritus Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, and access a biography, downloadable photos, and an archive of past speeches and articles dating back to 1995.
Affiliate with the URJ
Learn about the benefits of becoming a member congregation, what we do for you, and how to begin the process of affiliating with the URJ.