The URJ and Israel

What we believe, what we do, what we envision for Israel's future... and how you can help.

One of the URJ’s six core values, which are the moral and ethical imperatives that undergird everything we do, is Israel and Jewish Peoplehood. We believe that Kol yisrael arevim zeh ba’zeh (Shevuot 39a), “All of Israel and the Jewish people are responsible, one for the other.” We are committed to the safety and vitality of the Jewish people and to a secure and just state of Israel as a home – for all Jews and for all its inhabitants.

Longstanding URJ Positions on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The URJ is committed to a Jewish, democratic state of Israel, flourishing in peace and security.  

We are committed to the safety and vitality of the Jewish people and to a secure and just state of Israel as a home – for all Jews and for all its inhabitants. 

The URJ has also long expressed overwhelming support for a Palestinian state alongside the Jewish state of Israel, reached through a negotiated agreement between the two parties. We are on record over many decades opposing the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip that began in 1967. We have also opposed -- and continue to oppose --expansion of settlements in the West Bank and the oppressive treatment of the Palestinian population.  

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Yallah! Israel

Yallah! Israel is the URJ's network of Israel travel programs for teens. Participants hike, climb, discover, and explore with new friends from across the continent, and return home with endless personal accomplishments and meaningful memories.

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URJ Heller High

URJ Heller High is an accredited semester-long program for Reform Jewish high school students in grades 10 to 12. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to be immersed in the richness of the land, culture, people, and history of Israel, all while earning high school and college credit.

URJ Teen Israel Organizing Fellowship & Immersive

The URJ is proud to provide our Reform and progressive Jewish communities a suite of programs for our teens and the wider Jewish community to engage with contemporary social issues, culture, and community organizing around Israel.
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URJ Camps Bring North American & Israeli Campers & Counselors Together

The URJ's 14 North American summer camps offer a unique space where connections can grow between North American young Jews and their Israeli counterparts.

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URJ 4HQ Curriculum

All Reform Movement congregations and institutions are eligible to receive this 10-part Israel educational curriculum based on the framework of four questions inspired by the national anthem, Hatikvah, that addresses all of Israel’s complexities in a safe and thorough way, focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and religious pluralism in Israel.

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Just Zionism

The Just Zionism Initiative is a new URJ Israel initiative to build a community of activists around Israel as a Jewish and democratic state emphasizing that social justice, equality, and pluralism are at the heart of our approach to Zionism. This initiative is geared towards Reform Jews in their 20s and 30s to develop leadership, change the narrative around Israel and social justice, and build on our values to be successful in the 2025 World Zionist Congress elections.

Reimagining Jewish Travel

is proud to partner with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). You can now embark on a Reform Jewish Journey with J² while supporting Reform institutions in Israel and strengthening our Israel connections in North America. Enjoy the benefits of a travel company that is passionate about Jewish journeys, shares your values, and provides you the opportunity to engage and interact with Reform Jews and like-minded travelers in Israel and all around the world.

J² is a leading luxury travel brand that crafts Jewish educational and experiential journeys to Israel and around the world. On a J² journey, you will explore new places with expert educators by your side every step of the way.

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What's New

At the White House, A Call To Not Be Silent

This Monday, I was honored to be invited to represent Women of Reform Judaism and our Reform Movement at the White House. I attended a convening on conflict-related sexual violence to mark the annual International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

A Message of Support

While we recognize that the deep conflict between Israelis and Palestinians will not be resolved over the summer, we believe that come the fall, college campuses must once again be safe for all students - and this includes Jewish students living their Jewish commitments openly and proudly.

ARZA

ARZA strengthens and enriches the Jewish identity of Reform Jews in the United States by ensuring that a connection with Eretz Yisrael is a fundamental part of that identity.

ARZA Canada

ARZA Canada reaches out to all Reform Jews in Canada to help foster a better understanding of Israel and to support the Reform Movement in Israel.