The UPJ is excited to announce that Rabbi Gilad Kariv, President and CEO of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, will be our guest this November. Our worldwide Progressive community is fortunate that Rabbi Kariv brings his experience as a lawyer to his role at the IMPJ; he has been at the forefront of efforts to pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu's Government to honour its agreement to establish an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel and to fight against the Conversion Bill that has been proposed by the Shas Party. Rabbi Kariv will speak in Melbourne (1-4 November) and Sydney (5-9 November) to provide updates on the Progressive Movement's challenges and successes in Israel, and will share specific insights about Israel's Progressive congregations - the fastest growing region in the world - with UPJ presidents and leadership during the Gold Coast Gathering (10-12 November). Stay tuned for more information and dates!
As the full magnitude of the devastation created by Hurricane Harvey becomes clear, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is mobilising to provide support to member congregations and to the broader community of those impacted by this powerful storm. Our prayers are with all those who are harm’s way, including the brave first responders who are already putting their lives on the line to help their neighbours.
Click here to find out how you can help via the URJ website.
Rabbi Kim Ettlinger, chair of the Rabbinic Council of the Union for Progressive Judaism (Moetzah) and Rabbi Jeffrey B Kamins, chair of the Masorti (Conservative) Council of Australia, joined the UPJ in expressing support for marriage equality in the attached press release.
The UPJ is delighted to announce that Brisbane Progressive Jewish Congregation-Beit Or officially joined forces with Beit Knesset Shalom following a merger agreement announcement to their individual congregations.
The Wilkenfeld International Women's Leadership Seminar, to be held at Beit Shmuel in Jerusalem on 29-31 May 2018, is seeking application from women around the world who want to increase their leadership skills and their international network. Application deadline is 15 September 2017.