Resolution Honoring the 18th Anniversary of PARDeS

n 1985 and 1995, the Union for Reform Judaism resolved to endorse and advance full time Jewish day school education as a viable option for Reform Jewish families seeking an integrated Jewish educational experience throughout the school year. Building on the success of the earliest Reform Jewish Day Schools established by visionary leadership at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City and at Temple Beth Am in Miami, Florida, more than 15 new Reform Jewish Day Schools have been founded in major North American cities. These schools are supported and guided by lay and professional leaders representing the URJ, HUC-JIR and established Reform day schools.

In 1991, with the URJ's endorsement, the Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools (PARDeS), was established as an affiliate, officially bringing day school lay leaders and professionals into a structured alliance that continues to advance high quality Reform Jewish day schools.

THEREFORE , the Union for Reform Judaism resolves to
  1. Congratulate the Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools (PARDeS), on the occasion of its 18th (Chai) Anniversary; and
  2. Affirm the viability of the Reform Day School movement as an important partner in the advancement of Reform Judaism.