Social Justice & Reform Judaism

Social justice and advocacy are among the central tenets of Reform Judaism.

Why Advocacy is Central to Reform Judaism

The passion for social justice is reflected in the ancient words of our prophets and sages and in the declarations of our Movement’s leaders throughout its history. The ancient command “Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof! Justice, justice shall you seek!” constantly reverberates in our ears. It has become deeply embedded in the Reform Jewish psyche. This charge has led to a long and proud tradition of political activism by the Reform Movement.

Join the 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign

As Reform Jews, we believe democracy is strongest when everyone participates – and it suffers when citizens are shut out from the democratic process or choose not to engage. 

The Reform Jewish Movement’s 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign encourages all U.S. citizens to exercise their right to vote and to break down obstacles that shut some out of the voting booth. Learn more.

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Key Issues


Voting Rights

Learn more about voting rights and take action.


Gun Violence Prevention

Learn more about Gun Violence Prevention and take action.

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Women's Rights

Learn more about Women's Rights and take action.

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Racial Justice

Learn More about the Reform Movement's partnerships to fight the structural racism that is embedded in our society and to advance justice for all people.

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Give the Gift of Tikkun Olam

Honor a Jewish hero for justice by making a tax-deductible gift to the Union for Reform Judaism in his or her name. Your gift will provide funding for creative Reform Jewish programming and help ensure the continued growth and strength of Reform Judaism.