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Organizations of the Reform Movement

  • Early days of NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth)
    Early days of NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth)

Learn about the diverse organizations that comprise the Reform Movement, encompassing every age and interest group. The Reform Movement works together to strengthen its synagogues, helping them to serve all who seek to be a part of k'lal Yisrael, all of Israel, the world community of Jews.

American Conference of Cantors (ACC)
The ACC is the professional organization of over 450 ordained, invested and certified cantors. The ACC offers continuing education programs in conjunction with HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music as well as professional development opportunities for its members. Members of the ACC have special expertise in the music of the Jewish people and serve synagogues and communities in pastoral, worship, programming, and educational roles.

ARZA, the Reform Israel Fund

ARZA strengthens and enriches the Jewish identity of Reform Jews in the United States by ensuring that a connection with Eretz Yisrael is a fundamental part of that identity.

Berit Mila Program of Reform Judaism
The Berit Mila Program of Reform Judaism seeks to make the age old practice of berit mila, available to Jewish families as a meaningful and relevant Jewish life-cycle ritual.

Canadian Association of Reform Zionists (ARZA Canada)
Comprising more than 6,000 members, ARZA Canada strives to connect with Reform communities throughout Canada, foster connections with and strengthen ties to the Reform Movement in Israel, and work to realize the vision of Reform Zionism.

Central Conference of American Rabbis  (CCAR)
The international rabbinic association of Reform Judaism, founded by Rabbi Wise in 1889.

Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ)
The ECE-RJ committed to actively welcoming all educators whether Jewish or not, and building vibrant, inclusive schools and educational communities within Reform congregations.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)
The academic, spiritual and professional development center for Reform Judaism, founded by Rabbi Wise in 1875.

International Federation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists (ARZENU)
ARZENU is the umbrella organization of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists, founded in 1980 as an ideological grouping in the World Zionist Organization.

Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC)
The public and legal advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, IRAC was founded in 1987 with the goals of advancing pluralism in Israeli society and defending the freedoms of conscience, faith, and religion.

Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ)
IMPJ is the umbrella organization of all the Reform communities and institutions in Israel.

Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ)
MRJ promotes the establishment of affiliated brotherhoods and other local organized men's groups in Reform congregations.

National Association for Temple Administration (NATA)
NATA is the professional organization founded in 1941 for those who serve Reform Synagogues as executives, administrators, or managers.

National Association of Temple Educators (NATE)
The professional organization of Jewish educators of the Reform Movement, NATE serves a wide variety of Jewish organizations by working to strengthen Reform Jewish religious education.

North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)
NFTY is the Reform Jewish religious youth movement that fosters leadership at the national, regional and congregational level.

Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools (PARDeS)
PARDeS fosters Jewish identity, literacy, and the commitment to a life-long covenant with the heritage of Judaism through the advancement of excellent Jewish and secular education in Reform Day Schools around the world.

Program Directors of Reform Judaism (PDRJ)
PDRJ supports professionals in Reform synagogues who work in the areas of synagogue programing, membership, outreach and communications.

Reform Pension Board (RPB)
The RPB has been serving the congregations, institutions and professionals of the Reform Movement since 1944, responding to the needs and concerns of participating organizations and their professionals.

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)
For more than 50 years, the RAC has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity, serving as the Reform Movement's voice in Washington, D.C.

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)
Founded by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise as the Union for American Hebrew Congregations in 1873, the URJ is a dynamic network of congregations, lay leaders, clergy and professionals across North America.

Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ)
Established in 1913, WRJ now represents more than 65,000 women in nearly 500 women’s groups in North America and around the world.

World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)
WUPJ is the international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, serving 1,200 congregations with 1.8 million members in more than 45 countries.

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