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The Reform Movement

The Reform Movement in North America

Nearly 2.2 million Americans and Canadians identify as Reform Jews, 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 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 sports and science/technology specialty 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;
  • Centralized fundraising for specialized Israel initiatives and worldwide disaster relief efforts; and
  • A vast selection of Jewish books, prayer books, study guides, curricula, recorded music, downloadable MP3s, and more.

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

​the American Conference of Cantors

Association of Reform Jewish Educators

Connecting Reform Jews and Israel

ARZA Canada
The Canadian Association of Reform Zionists

International Federation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists 

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

Central Conference of American Rabbis

Canadian Council for Reform Judaism

Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism

the Israel Religious Action Center

Jewish Community Legacy Project

Men of Reform Judaism (formerly The North American Federation of Temple Brotherhoods) and the Jewish Chautauqua Society

National Association for Temple Administration

the North American Federation of Temple Youth

the Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools

Program and Engagement Professionals of Reform Judaism

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

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

URJ Camps
URJ Camp and Israel Programs

Women of Reform Judaism

World Union for Progressive Judaism