Organizations of the Reform Movement

Since its founding in 19th-century Germany, the Reform Movement has embraced modernity, incorporating innovation into all facets of Jewish tradition, education, and life. Reform Judaism’s commitment to social justice for all – women, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, people of Color, and, indeed, people from all faiths and backgrounds – is a key pillar of the Reform Movement, contributing to its popularity among North America’s Jews.

The URJ has grown into the largest and most powerful force in North American Jewish life, with nearly 850 congregations in the U.S. and Canada, more than 1,200 congregations worldwide, and the organizations and institutions that support the lay leaders, clergy, and Jewish professionals among its ranks.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform Movement’s North American seminary, is the first and largest Jewish seminary on the continent, with four campuses in the United States and Israel. In addition to ordaining rabbis and cantors, HUC-JIR and its Reform counterparts in Germany and the U.K. also train Jewish educators, nonprofit professionals, and pastoral counselors.

Congregational membership in the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)  provides access to these and other offerings available from the larger, global Reform Movement:

  • Membership in professional associations and employee pension programs for its clergy, educators, and other professionals;
  • The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (“the RAC”), a 501(c)3 non-profit advocacy center in Washington, D.C., that educates and mobilizes American Jewry on legislative and social concerns;
  • Fifteen summer camps, including regional overnight camps, two science/technology specialty camps, two sports camps, and a creative arts camp;
  • NFTY- The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, a vibrant network of temple youth groups for Jewish teenagers in grades six through 12;
  • Travel, study, and work programs in Israel for Jewish teenagers and young adults; and
  • National, regional, and local leadership development conferences and events for teens and adults;
  • Centralized fundraising for specialized Israel initiatives and worldwide disaster relief efforts,

Learn about the diverse organizations that comprise the Reform Movement, encompassing every age and interest group.

Advancing Temple Institutional Development (ATID)

Fostering professional connections and sharing resources to strengthen financial resource development in congregations across North America.

American Conference of Cantors (ACC)

With almost 600 members, the ACC, through its support for and cultivation of excellence among ordained and certified cantors, strengthens Reform Jewish life in North America. ACC cantors are equipped to be attentive to the joys and challenges that members within a congregation face over the course of their lives, using both their unique calling to music and prayer and their shared responsibilities for offering spiritual leadership to congregations. ACC members also can help lead their congregations and by extension, the Reform Jewish movement in North America, to a bright future.

Association of Reform Zionist of America (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.

ARZENU, International Federation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists

ARZENU is the umbrella organization of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists, founded in 1980 as an ideological grouping in the World Zionist Organization. ARZENUA uses its political strength in the National Institutions of Israel to advocate for Reform Jewish values with the Government of Israel.

Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE)

As the professional organization of Jewish educators of the Reform Movement, ARJE serves a wide variety of Jewish organizations by working to strengthen Reform Jewish religious education.

Brit Milah Program of Reform Judaism

The Brit Milah Program of Reform Judaism seeks to make the age-old practice of brit milah, available to Jewish families as a meaningful and relevant Jewish lifecycle ritual.

Canadian Association of Reform Zionists (ARZA Canada)

Comprising more than 6,000 members, ARZA Canada strives to connect with Reform communities throughout Canada, foster connections with and strengthen ties to the Reform Movement in Israel, and work to realize the vision of Reform Zionism.

Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR)

The oldest and largest rabbinic organization in North America, the CCAR strengthens the Jewish community by providing religious, spiritual, ethical, and intellectual leadership and wisdom for the 2,200 rabbis who serve more than 2 million Reform Jews throughout North America, Israel, and the world.

Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ)

Elevate, Inspire, Unite 

Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ) was founded to foster a dynamic community of vibrant early childhood professionals and stakeholders whose pedagogy and practice are firmly rooted in Reform Judaism.  

ECE-RJ provides exclusive access to forums, webinars, and resources to support its members in strengthening their early childhood programs, congregational programming, curriculum, supervision and professional development. Members of the ECE-RJ community support and inspire each other to grow professionally, developing the tools to build deep relationships and connections between and among families with young children, the congregations, and the greater Jewish community. All Director, Assistant Director and Teacher members who work in a URJ Congregational early childhood center can participate in valuable financial security programs such as a 403(b)-retirement plan, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance through the Reform Pension Board.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)

Founded in 1875, HUC-JIR is the largest Jewish seminary in North America for Jewish studies, preparing rabbis, cantors, leaders in Jewish education, Jewish nonprofit professionals, pastoral counselors, and scholars to apply their knowledge, commitment, vision, and expertise to strengthen and transform the Jewish community and larger world.

Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC)

The public and legal advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, IRAC was founded in 1987 with the goals of advancing pluralism in Israeli society and defending the freedoms of conscience, faith, and religion.

Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ)

IMPJ is the umbrella organization of all the Reform communities and institutions in Israel.

Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ)

On January 23, 1923, eighty-nine Reform Jewish brotherhoods and men’s clubs from across the United States came together at the Hotel Astor in New York City to form the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods (NFTB), now called Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ). The mission was “to encourage local Brotherhoods to engage in projects and activities that would provide meaningful services to their congregation, to sponsor and promote vitally important nation-wide, community-building projects and to give local Brotherhood members the opportunity to explore and celebrate fellowship.” Men of Reform Judaism is that place where intellect, vision, matter, and spirit meet. It is this place because our members recognize their obligation to our Jewish heritage and values.

National Association for Temple Administration (NATA)

Founded in 1941, NATA is the professional organization for more than 400 members from North America and Australia who serve synagogues as executives, administrators, or managers.

NFTY – The Reform Jewish Youth Movement

NFTY is the Reform Jewish religious youth movement, fostering leadership at the national, regional, and congregational level. For more than 75 years, NFTY has offered thousands of young people the opportunity to explore and live Reform Judaism through teen-powered weekends and engaging social justice ventures.

Program and Engagement Professionals of Reform Judaism (PEP-RJ)

Founded in 2001, PEP-RJ supports the professional development of full- and part-time synagogue professionals whose main responsibilities center on programming, engagement, communications, membership, outreach and similar areas.

The Reform Jewish Community of Canada (RJCC)

The Reform Jewish Community of Canada (RJCC) is the umbrella organization for the Reform Movement in Canada. More than 30,000 Canadians are affiliated 25 Reform congregations across Canada who are also members of the North American Reform Movement which has at its core the 850-congregation strong Union of Reform Judaism, or URJ. The Reform Movement of Canada also includes affiliate organizations, Camp George, the URJ and the only Reform Jewish camp in Canada and Leo Baeck, our Reform Jewish day school. 

Reform Pension Board (RPB)

The RPB has been serving the congregations, institutions and professionals of the Reform Movement since 1944, responding to the needs and concerns of participating organizations and their professionals.

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)

For more than 50 years, the RAC has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity, serving as the Reform Movement's voice in Washington, D.C.

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)

Founded by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise as the Union for American Hebrew Congregations in 1873, the URJ is a dynamic network of congregations, lay leaders, clergy and professionals across North America.

Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ)

Established in 1913, WRJ strengthens the voice of women worldwide and empowers them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values.

World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)

WUPJ is the international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, serving 1,250 congregations with 1.2 million members in more than 50 countries.