Emily Grotta UAHC Department of Communications 212.650.4221 firstname.lastname@example.org
Continues Unprecedented Growth As Ten Congregations Join the UAHC
Ten congregations were
admitted into the Union of American Hebrew Congregations at the June meeting of
its Board of Trustees, increasing the number of synagogues affiliated with the
Reform Movement to 908. The UAHC, the umbrella organization for Reform
synagogues in North America, is in the midst of a period of unprecedented
growth, and has admitted twenty-one new congregations over the past 13
"Membership in the UAHC
offers boundless opportunities to growing synagogues," said Rabbi Peter
Schaktman, Director of the UAHC's Department of Small and New Congregations.
"UAHC membership enables these congregations to send their youth to UAHC camps,
exposing them to a wider spectrum of Jewish life. It provides them with help and
guidance in areas where they need it. And it allows them to become a part of the
North American Reform community, where they can exchange ideas with Jewish
leaders from across the continent."
The new congregations range
in size from under 50 households to nearly 200, and are located in communities
from Louisiana to Ontario to Seattle. As part of the largest and fastest-growing
Jewish movement in North America, they will have access to innovative UAHC
worship programming, the opportunity to explore adult education programs and
worship retreats, and the support of UAHC staff members in both their local
areas and at Union headquarters in New York.
The ten new congregations
Am Shalom, Thornhill,
Beit Ahavah, Florence,
Bet Alef Meditational
Synagogue, Seattle, WA
South Metro Jewish
Congregation, West Linn, OR
The Village Congregation of
Pembroke Pines, Pembroke Pines, FL
B'nai Dorot, Alpharetta,
Temple Beth Shalom, Austin,
Congregation, Mandeville, LA
Congregation Brith Shalom,
State College, PA
Most of these congregations
are relatively new synagogues, and have joined the Union in order to receive its
guidance and help as they grow. Of the ten new congregations, seven were formed
and organized within the last decade.
"Every one of these
congregations has a wholly unique approach to Reform Judaism, tied to its
community, with its own blend of tradition and modernity," Schaktman said. "Each
is a welcome addition to the UAHC."
The Union of
American Hebrew Congregations is the central body of Reform Judaism in North
America, representing over 1.5 million Reform Jews in over 900 congregations.
UAHC services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated
and intermarried Jews, educational programming, and the Religious Action Center in Washington, DC..