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 of their efforts is this proposed statement:
Judaism is the living expression of Torah and tradition in our modern
lives. Reform Judaism welcomes all who
seek Jewish connection to pursue the fullness of a life inspired by compassion
and our Divine mission to do what is right and just.
our sacred communities, Reform Jews make thoughtful and informed choices about
how we put our values into action. We
explore our spirituality, and we engage in reflection, critical study and
sacred acts, in order to renew our living covenant with God and the Jewish
organizations of the Reform Movement exist in partnership with one another to
nurture individual Jews, to sustain our innovative and diverse communities, and
to shape our shared destiny with Israel and fellow Jews 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: