The Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) is the umbrella organization of all the Reform communities and institutions in Israel.
We seek to integrate Jewish tradition with the realities of modern life, and believe in the right of each individual to shape their own Jewish way of life through a process of study and reflection. The Reform movement emphasizes the commandments concerning relations between humans, religious tolerance, and full equality between women and men in the synagogue and in all walks of life.
In the special Maftir which announces the beginning of the month of Nissan, we read the commandment: “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be for you the first month of the year.” (Shemot 12:1-2)
In Rabbi Gilad Kariv's Yiddot Achronot op-ed of March 19, he noted that "The first reading approval of MK Elazar Stern's conversion bill ignited a storm among Haredi MKs and members of the "Bayit HaYehudi" party, although it is really a tempest in a teapot. At the end of the day, the Haredi MKs and their colleagues from the "Bayit HaYehudi" are totally on the same page regarding conversion."
The IMPJ seeks to strengthen Jewish identity in Israel. Our congregations, from Nahariya in the north to Kibbutz Lotan in the southern desert, seek to bring Israelis closer to Jewish heritage and culture and to the values of pluralism, equality and humanism.
The IMPJs Community Outreach Department is responsible for a wide range of programs and activities in the communal and public spheres:
Social Justice Jewish tradition mandates concern for others, and the IMPJ takes this value seriously.
The IMPJ cooperates with local congregations, the Israel Religious Action Center, the Young Adult Leadership Forum and other bodies in order to plan and implement social justice programs. Activities include distributing basic school equipment to disadvantaged students before the beginning of the school year; distributing traditional food parcels for the needy at Passover; and running a social justice fair at two leading Israeli universities to expose students to organizations active in the field.