In 2010, the Reform Leadership
Council (RLC) convened a Reform Judaism
Think Tank comprising leaders from across the Movement and charged it
with developing a vision statement for Reform Judaism. The result:
Reform Judaism maintains faith in the Covenant between God and Israel as expressed over the generations in the teachings of an ever-evolving Torah and
tradition. Stirred by the mandate of tikkun olam, Reform Judaism seeks to be the living expression of those teachings. It welcomes all who seek
Jewish connection to pursue a life of meaning as inspired by the Divine and proclaimed in the truths grasped by Jewish teachers throughout time.
In sacred attachment to the Jewish people and with connection to the State of Israel, Reform Jews, as members of a group and as individuals, in holy
congregations and in diverse settings, strive to make thoughtful choices about how we put our values into action. Reform Judaism asks us to seek the
holiness that is present throughout creation through reflection, critical study, and sacred acts so as to renew our living Covenant with God, the people
Israel, humankind, and the earth.
The organizations of the Reform Movement exist for the purpose of bringing the teachings of Judaism to the world. In partnership with one another, these
organizations hope to realize the many lessons contained in those teachings by nurturing individual Jews, by sustaining congregations and groups that
foster authentic and innovative community, and by shaping a shared destiny for Reform Jews with fellow Jews in Israel and around the world.
In April 2011, 33 members of the Reform Judaism Think Tank,
representing the CCAR, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)
and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) met to begin developing a vision
statement for the future of Reform Judaism in North America. The group set
forth these principles to guide it in crafting a collective vision for the
the need for change.
see this acknowledgement as a sign of health
Judaism, its institutions, and Judaism itself have in the past been resilient
and adapted to challenges. They will do
so again in the future.
Visioning Discussion Guide)
During 2011 and 2012, Reform Judaism Think Tank members gathered data
from within and beyond the Movement, using the information in several projects.
The overall process included more than 1500 participants who were asked to
share their ideas, thoughts and wishes around issues they believed would help
create a bright future for North American Reform Judaism.
As the Think Tank reviewed existing data, key themes, values and
primary levels of Reform Jewish engagement emerged. In March 2012, the Reform
Judaism Think Tank presented the RLC with its proposed vision statement, which
is based on three distinct levels of engagement: