Social Justice & Reform Judaism

Social justice, advocacy, and the concept of tikkun olam (repairing the world) 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.

Racial Justice

The Reform Movement works in partnership with representatives from diverse communities to fight the structural racism that is embedded in our society and to advance justice for all people. Learn more about our racial justice work and get involved on the individual and communal levels. 

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Key Issues


Voting Rights

Since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Jewish community has continued its support of civil rights.


Gun Violence Prevention

The epidemic of gun violence continues to plague individuals and communities across the United States, including our own Jewish communities.

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Women's Rights

For decades, the Reform Movement has advocated for women’s full and equal participation in society. 


Immigration Justice

Today, we face the enormous challenges posed by our nation's broken immigration system. 

Legislative Action Center

Here you will find a variety of action opportunities on key legislative issues. Use our easy action alert tool to send geo-targeted emails (fully editable to your specific opinions) to your elected officials voicing your views. It's that easy to tell Congress what's on your mind!

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What's New

Extraordinary Ordinary Heroes

Simcha Blass, Helen Suzman, Eddie Jacobson, and Abby Stein all contributed to our world in different ways. Yet, they shared traits - commitment, integrity, resolve and an inner sense that they could make a difference.

Two Out of Two

As a graduate of both Tougaloo College and Jackson State University, the bomb threats to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are personal to me. Since January 2022, over a dozen HBCUs have received bomb threats; several of those threats were received on the first day of Black history month. The continuous attacks on institutions of higher learning; places of worship and individual attacks are a direct threat to our everyday existence.
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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.