Israel & Reform Judaism

Learn about the land of Israel: its society, history, arts and culture, Reform Jewish communities, and much more.

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Meet the First Reform Rabbi to be Elected to Israel’s Parliament

May 10, 2021
Rabbi Gilad Kariv made history on March 23, 2021 when he became the first Reform rabbi to win a seat in the Israeli Knesset. The former head of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism is number 4 on the Labor Party slate. The following is adapted from his debut address to Parliament as a member.

7 Movie Stars Who Have Played Israeli Prime Ministers

April 12, 2021
Just a month after it was announced that the Israeli star Shira Haas would portray Meir in a TV series, The Hollywood Reporter revealed this week that Oscar winner Helen Mirren would portray Israel’s only female prime minister in an upcoming biopic.

What Is Reform Zionism?

Reform Zionism is a continuation of the early Zionist dream to foster a living, breathing national culture that represents the highest ideals of Jewish peoplehood. Foremost among these ideals is for Jews to be free and liberated citizens of the world who also contribute as Jews to our global civilization.

Find a Congregation Near You

Find connection, community, learning, and spirituality at a welcoming Reform congregation near you.

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Congregation Beth Am photo at Pride March

 

Experience Israel

Educational Experiences in Israel

Spend the most thrilling summer of your life travelling across Israel. Learn about alternative solutions to environmental and ecological issues, earn high school or college credit through learning and living on a kibbutz, and much more.

Israel Travel Ideas

Look beyond the archeological digs, ancient cisterns and tourist sites for some of the more vacation-y fare, frequented by Israelis, but not always that well-known.

Israeli Society

LGBTQ Life in Israel

Israel has been called the "gay capital of the Middle East," which is no surprise to many of its supporters who have been touting its outstanding record on gay rights for years.