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About the Union for Reform Judaism

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.

The URJ's 2020 Vision: A Clear View of Our Future
Since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has represented growth, evolution, and modernity – and today is no different. The Reform Movement stands at an epic moment in its history, poised on a pinnacle, contemplating the road ahead. On this site, you’ll find a bold and ambitious vision for the future of Reform Judaism, driven by our key values and a commitment to ensuring a strong Jewish future. Learn about the URJ's 2020 Vision.
History

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.
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. Learn more.
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. Learn more.
President Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Learn about Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism. Read his writings, speeches, and articles about him in the press. Learn more.
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. Learn more.
Support Reform Judaism
Support of the URJ ensures a vibrant Reform Movement by strengthening congregations, supporting lifelong Jewish learning and promoting social justice. The annual campaign of the URJ provides funding for much of the Union's creative programming and helps insure the continued growth and strength of the Reform Movement. Learn more.
 

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