What is Reform Judaism?

Reform Judaism…

  • treasures both Jewish tradition and Judaism’s ability to evolve in response to the contemporary world
  • a life of integrity based on a process of informed decision making
  • an uncompromising commitment to gender equality and inclusion, responding to the changing realities of our community
  • seeks out new opportunities and spaces in which to welcome and engage with members, unaffiliated Jews and those with non-Jewish partners
  • is committed to Israel and the pursuit of peace; democracy; human rights and religious pluralism
  • means building a just society through social action and tikkun olam, repair of the world

What We Do

The Movement for Reform Judaism…

  • is the national umbrella organisation of 42 autonomous synagogue communities
  • provides and fosters inspiring leadership, both rabbinic and lay
  • develops and supports our communities and members in every aspect of synagogue life
  • promotes Reform values and practices in the wider world
  • helps people expand their Judaism into a life-long commitment through education and transformative events
  • inspires Reform values in young people through our youth movement and student initiatives
  • celebrates communities’ achievements, sharing innovative ideas and best practice

Find out about our three major initiatives as part of Reform Judaism’s commitment to strengthening communities and inspiring members

Our Core Values

  • Creating inclusive, egalitarian communities, valuing difference
  • Bringing Holiness into the world by seeking meaning in our lives and a just society for all
  • Treasuring the autonomy of the individual, Jewish tradition and the insights of the wider world

Our Mission

The Movement for Reform Judaism’s mission:

To enable the growth of  a vibrant Reform Judaism, inspiring individuals and communities with Reform Jewish values and traditions

Our Partners

Reform Judaism in Britain today consists of 42 synagogues with more than 35,000 men, women and children (approximately 20% of UK synagogue affiliations).

We work closely with Liberal Judaism as part of the Alliance for Progressive Judaism.

The Movement is a constituent of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and the European Union for Progressive Judaism.

Headquartered in Jerusalem, the WUPJ represents the largest body of Jews in the world who seek a traditional yet contemporary expression of their Jewish spiritual, cultural and religious identity, serving 1,200 congregations with 1.8 million members in more than 50 countries.

The EUPJ is the umbrella organisation linking and supporting more than 170 Liberal, Progressive and Reform communities in 17 countries, with new communities regularly seeking membership.

We are a major supporter of Leo Baeck College where its rabbis and educators are trained.

The Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK is the professional body that links all Reform rabbis and the Reform Beit Din deals with all matters requiring the religious court, status issues, conversion to Judaism, marriage, and divorce.

The Jewish Joint Burial Society provides funerals and burial arrangements for our members.

Akiva School is under the auspices of the Reform and Liberal Movements and Clore Tikva Primary School and Clore Shalom School are under Reform, Liberal and Masorti auspices. The Movement sponsors the RSY-Netzer youth movement and supports JCoSS: the Jewish Community Secondary School.

The Movement launched the Jeneration initiative in 2007 in order to engage with Jewish students and young adults on their terms.

Our work is supported by UJIA.

Our Communities

There are 42 Reform synagogues in England, Scotland and Wales. Click here to locate your nearest Reform synagogue.

Our Relationship With Israel

  • We are unequivocally Zionist.  We have a non-negotiable commitment to the State of Israel and its security.  We believe that the pursuit of peace is the highest ideal and priority.  We are deeply committed to democracy; human rights and social justice; and religious pluralism.
  • We are committed to two viable states as the only just and realistic solution to the present situation.
  • We believe that Israel should be a Jewish state and a state for all its citizens.
  • We believe that exponents of moderate, liberal Judaism should ally with moderate, liberal secularists and work together to combat both religious and secular extremism.

Reform Judaism supports organisations dedicated to building bridges – both between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs and between Israeli Jews and Palestinians on the West Bank and in Gaza.

All we can do is to support the people of goodwill, those dedicated to relief of suffering and those dedicated to building relationships of trust across the divide. Whilst much is outside our hands, small gestures of caring and support are always possible.

Find out more about our relationship with Israel and organisations we support