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World Union for Progressive Judaism

World Union for Progressive Judaism

Congregation Beth Am is not only affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) serving congregations in North America, but is also part of a worldwide movement of progressive Jewish congregations -- the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ).

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WUPJ established in London in 1926, 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 50 countries. Headquartered in Jerusalem, the WUPJ represents the largest body of Jews in the world, who seek a traditional, yet contemporary, expression of their Jewish spiritual, cultural and religious identity.

Some quick facts:

  • 50 countries with Progressive congregations;
  • 1,200 Progressive, Reform, Liberal, and Reconstructionist congregations around the world;
  • 1,000 youths participating in weekly activities in clubs across the former Soviet Union;
  • 50,000 family members reached through Progressive Judaism's pluralistic Jewish Studies program in Israeli public schools;
  • 70,000 people a year enjoy quality educational and cultural programs in our Mercaz Shimshonl Beit Shmuel center in Jerusalem.

For those of us who are fortunate enough to travel to distant lands, you may be interested in WUPJ travel opportunities which are focused on sites of Progressive Jewish interest while including the important secular ones as well. Also, WUPJ trips provide the opportunities to eat, pray and study with Progressive Jewish congregations in their own communities.

Planning to travel on your own and want to find a synagogue affiliated with the WUPJ? Check out the World Union for Progressive Judaism's online "Congregations Worldwide" map tool.

More information can be found on the WUPJ website or contact Beth Am members Cherie Half or Charlie Rothschild.

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  • 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
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