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Reform Judaism in 1000 Words offers short but deep articles written by rabbis from across the country to explore and expand your engagement with Reform Jewish thought and practice in the 21st century.

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Each of us has an individual relationship with Judaism, with our own theology and passions. Similarly, every community will define many of its own boundaries. This diversity of approaches is integral to what makes Reform Judaism so special. Uniting us are shared values, common challenges, and a core ideology and approach. In this series, we address those commonalities, while recognising our diversity of voices. Each essay is written by one member of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK , addressing one area of being a Jew today.

The articles are introduced by the editors, Rabbis Josh Levy of Alyth Synagogue and Debbie Young-Somers, Reform Judaism’s Community Educator. We would not all have written the same article, and will not all choose the same journey through the materials. The hope is that they help you to express your own Judaism more clearly.

Reform Judaism marks Yom HaShoah

On the 7th of April, hundreds of Reform members from communities across the country came together to commemorate Yom HaShoah, a day for remembering the six million Jews murdered by…

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Happy Purim from Reform Judaism!

Approaching Purim this year may feel bittersweet for many of us. Last year’s Purim celebrations may have been the last time we gathered with our community in person, or for…

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Celebrating our Elders

עד מאה ועשרים שנה  “May those in our countdown live until 120.”  It’s a traditional blessing and this week when the passing of centenarian Captain Sir Tom Moore struck a chord with the…

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Reform Judaism Safeguarding Review

The Board of Reform Judaism strive to have in place the highest possible standards for safeguarding.  The Board of Reform Judaism has commissioned an Independent Review of Safeguarding; their statement…

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Reform Judaism in 1000 Words: Sukkot

Click here to download a PDF of Reform Judaism in 1000 words: Sukkot   Context As one of the three Temple oriented Pilgrim Festivals, Sukkot has traditionally been deeply connected…

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Reform Judaism in 1000 Words: Purim

Click here to download a PDF of Reform Judaism in 1000 Words: Purim Context Purim is the festival that is most frequently depicted in documentaries about Jews, because it is…

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Reform Judaism in 1000 Words: Israel

Click here to download a pdf of Reform Judaism in 1000 Words: Israel Context What are our guiding principles about the State of Israel? Do we have shared understandings, opinions,…

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Reform Judaism in 1000 Words: Gender

Click here to download a pdf of Reform Judaism in 1000 Words: Gender Context One of the distinctive features of Reform Judaism is our unequivocal commitment to gender equality. Or…

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Reform Judaism in 1000 Words: God

Click here to download a pdf of Reform Judaism in 1000 Words: God Context In recent years, Reform Jews have grown increasingly confident in expressing a diverse set of personal…

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