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THE ISRAEL MOVEMENT FOR PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM AND ZIONISM

The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) is in crisis  – both financial and ideological. For a number of years the IMPJ has stood at a crossroads and must decide regarding its  path.  “For the children are come to the birth and there is not strength to bring forth”, Isaiah, 37:3.

Is the “Movement” first and foremost an organization of congregations offering Reform religious services to its members and others? Or, alternatively, does the Movement give expression to a unique comprehensive Zionist approach with an action program to reform  the individual, the people and the world?

Today the trends in the Movement stand in contradiction one to another. In general, the professionals in the Movement, most of the Executive and many of the rank and file wish to adopt a movement definition (a “brand”) which sees the IMPJ as a religious stream only.