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The Reform Movement

The Reform Movement in North America

More than 1 million Americans and Canadians are affiliated with Reform congregations, making Reform Judaism the largest Jewish denomination in North America.

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, the disabled, and, indeed, people from all faiths and backgrounds who lack civil and human rights – is a key pillar of the movement, contributing to its popularity among North America’s Jews.

The Reform Jewish Movement comprises nearly 900 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.

The Reform Jewish Movement in North America offers:

  • 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; 
  • A vast summer camp system, including 11 regional overnight camps, as well as a science/technology specialty camp, two sports camps, a teen leadership camp, and a day camp;
  • A 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,

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

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Reform Organizations

ACC
​the American Conference of Cantors

ARJE
Association of Reform Jewish Educators

ARZA
Connecting Reform Jews and Israel

ARZA Canada
The Canadian Association of Reform Zionists

ARZENU
International Federation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists 

ATID
Advancing Temple Institutional Development

Berit Mila Board of Reform Judaism
The National Organization of American Mohalim

CCAR
Central Conference of American Rabbis

CCRJ
Canadian Council for Reform Judaism

ECERJ
Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism

HUC-JIR
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

IMPJ
the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism

IRAC
the Israel Religious Action Center

JCLP
Jewish Community Legacy Project

MRJ
Men of Reform Judaism

NATA
National Association for Temple Administration

NFTY
the North American Federation of Temple Youth

PARDeS
the Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools

PEP-RJ
Program and Engagement Professionals of Reform Judaism

RAC
the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the Reform Movement’s voice in Washington, DC.

RPB
Reform Pension Board, serving congregations and the Movement’s professionals

URJ Camps
URJ Camp and Israel Programs

WRJ
Women of Reform Judaism

WUPJ
World Union for Progressive Judaism