The World Union for Progressive Judaism Ltd

aka WUPJ   |   New York, NY   |  www.wupj.org

Mission

The mission of the World Union for Progressive Judaism is to strengthen Jewish life and values in Israel and Jewish communities throughout the world by supporting and advancing a Progressive approach to Jewish tradition. The World Union, in collaboration with its constituents and affiliates, works to accomplish its mission by: - Building and connecting Progressive Jewish communities worldwide. - Partnering in the development of Israel as a democratic and pluralistic Jewish state. - Securing the Jewish future by investing in youth and young adults. - Developing lay, rabbinic and other Jewish professional leadershiAvodah (worship), and Gmillut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness).

Ruling year info

1962

Principal Officer

Rabbi Stephen L. Fuchs

Main address

633 Third Ave 7th Fl

New York, NY 10017

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EIN

13-1930176

NTEE code info

Jewish (X30)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Summer Camps in the Former Soviet Union

The World Union for Progressive Judaism’s summer camps in the former Soviet Union aim to build sustainable Jewish communities by nurturing a lifelong commitment to Jewish life among young Jews, based upon the finding that camping is among the strongest vehicles for building Jewish identity among young people.
The camps provide an immersion experience that familiarizes campers with modern understandings of Jewish religion and history, Hebrew, the State of Israel, Jewish and Israeli culture, Jewish community, and social action. These camps are unique in the FSU in their liberal religious approach to Jewish heritage.

Population(s) Served

The Rechler Family Havaya Summer Camps provide young Israelis ages 8-18 with an opportunity to experience living together round-the-clock in a pluralistic Jewish community. The camps nurture a tolerant, pluralistic Jewish identity through exposure to values and concepts such as equality, Torah, tzedakah, tikkun olam, voluntarism, involvement in the community, Jewish identity, leadership, Zionism and ecology. The camps offer an experience of Judaism that speaks to today’s young “secular” Israedevelop their own personal identity, and experience joyful Jewish observances.

Population(s) Served

The Machon is an intensive three-year program that combines academic study with supervised field work. The academic portion of the program addresses both Jewish literacy and educational programming skills, and is conducted in cooperation with the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU), one of Russia’s leading liberal arts universities. The Machon is the only program in the FSU that trains leaders for Jewish communities and institutions that expresses a liberal religious approach.

Population(s) Served

The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism partners with Israeli schools, and with Jewish schools in the Diaspora, to nurture a generation of children and youth with pluralistic Jewish education and values through classroom instruction and informal education, and to promote greater participation of Israeli youth and educators in Jewish ritual, practice and community involvement. The components of the project are designed to provide Israeli educators, children and youth (and their overseas peers) with a deeper knowledge and commitment to Jewish concepts and values, which will strengthen their self-knowledge, Jewish identity and self-awareness and their connection to their communities, the State of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide.

Population(s) Served

Mercaz Shimshon-Beit Shmuel provides residents of Jerusalem, as well as people from all over Israel, with low-cost programs and activities that connect non-Orthodox Israelis from diverse backgrounds with a pluralistic Jewish heritage.

 

The center’s activities focus on Jewish content that is relevant to non-Orthodox and “secular” Israelis. These activities offer an alternative for Jewish identity and engagement that teaches coexistence and tolerance – both between Jews and non-Jews, and among Jews of different backgrounds and beliefs – as an authentic Jewish value.

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The World Union for Progressive Judaism Ltd

Board of directors
as of 06/04/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Grabiner

Finchley Reform Synagogue

Term: 2011 - 2013

Gordon Smith

UK

Philip Bliss

Australia

Steven Bauman

USA

Michael Grabiner

UK

Anne Molloy

USA

Nani Beutel

Canada

Alex Dembitz

Switzerland

Joan Garson

Canada

James Heeger

USA

Walter Homolka

Germany

Edward Kaufman

Russia

Steven Lurie

South Africa

Diane Marcus

USA

Felix Mosbacher

France

Judith Smith

UK

Miriam Vasserman

Brazil

Helene Waranch

USA

Lois Zeidler

USA

Aaron Bloom

USA

Danny Burkeman

UK

Phyllis Dorey

Australia

Danny Rich

UK

Ian Samuel

Australia

Yaron Shavit

Israel

Maria Ukradyzhenko

Russia