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What is Reform Judaism?

Throughout history, Jews have remained firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, even as we learned much from our encounters with other cultures. Nevertheless, since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has asserted that a Judaism frozen in time is an heirloom, not a living fountain. Read more here.


The positions of the Reform Movement are based primarily in two sources: Resolutions adopted by the Union for Reform Judaism, and resolutions adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

With regard to the resolutions adopted by the Union for Reform Judaism, ultimately it is the members of Reform congregations who set the policy for the Movement. During the Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial General Assembly, delegates from the over 900 member congregations consider and vote on resolutions that reflect the consensus positions of our membership. This democratic process and the commitment of the Reform Movement to speak out on issues of concern is as old as the Movement itself, and is evidenced by the hundreds of resolutions adopted since its inception.

Both the CCAR and the Union's database of resolutions may be searched by topic, date or keyword.

In addition, you may wish to consult the Central Conference of American Rabbis Responsa and the Reform platforms

10 Minutes of Torah


iTorah was a monthly e-mail which included a piece of Jewish learning, questions (with suggested answers) and practical suggestions. The topics followed a cycle of learning areas: Israel, Jewish Living, Social Action, God and Prayer. Check out the archives here.