The Union for Reform Judaism is the congregational arm of the Reform Movement, serving both congregations and their members. Its governance, with oversight responsibility exercised by a lay-led board working in close partnership with the professional staff, parallels that of its congregations. The Unions 253-member Board of Trustees meets twice a year. The board consists almost entirely of lay leaders who are members of Union congregations from all parts of the United States and Canada. Half of the board members are elected directly by the Unions regions; the other half includes at-large members elected by the General Assembly and ex-officio members who represent the Reform Movement's institutions and affiliate bodies.
The Union's Board of Trustees meets twice each year (typically in June and December) and is responsible to the General Assembly. The 70-member Union for Reform Judaism's Executive Committee also meets twice yearly, usually in September and March. The Executive Committee and the officers of the Union are elected by the Board of Trustees.
Lay and professional leaders of the Reform Movement lend their talent and expertise to joint commissions, on which the Union is joined by the CCAR, HUC-JIR, and other Reform organizations. Through their deliberations, the commissions help determine the Movement's position on critical issues affecting every Reform Jew, such as social justice and political concerns and the role of the non-Jew in synagogue life. More than 400 people serve on the joint commissions and the committees and subcommittees of the Union's Board of Trustees, determining policy and direction for every aspect of the Union's operations.