The URJ is governed by a North American Board of up to 150 members-at-large plus Executive Board members, Ex-Officio members, and Honorary members that works in close partnership with the URJ Chair, the URJ President, the Executive Team, and other members of the professional staff. The North American Board also includes representatives of HUC-JIR, CCAR, and recognized movement partners, professional organizations, and affiliates. The North American Board, whose members are elected by the General Assembly, will meet no fewer than two times per year and the Executive Board, whose members are elected by the North American Board, will meet at such time and place and in such manner as the URJ Chair will designate.
The General Assembly is the legislative body of the URJ and its highest authority, composed of representatives from each congregation comprising the URJ.
Commissions, Committees, and Task Forces
Lay and professional leaders of the Reform Movement lend their talent and expertise to joint commissions, on which the Union is joined by the CCAR, HUC-JIR, and other Reform organizations. Through their deliberations, the commissions help determine the Movement's position on critical issues affecting every Reform Jew, such as social justice and political concerns and the role of the non-Jew in synagogue life. There are also several standing committees of the board (i.e. Budget, Investment, Operations). In addition, task forces are formed as needed to work during a given period of time around a specific charge. Their work results in recommendations to the board.
Board of Trustees
The board is comprised of lay leaders who belong to URJ congregations across the U.S. and Canada as well as representatives of the HUC-JIR, CCAR, and several affiliate organizations.