Welcome to the Society for Classical Reform Judaism!

The SCRJ was founded in 2008 by a group of rabbis and lay leaders from congregations throughout the United States, as a national voice of advocacy for the broad, universalistic ideals of the Classical Reform tradition - the historic progressive interpretation of liberal Judaism in America. We seek to preserve and creatively renew the deep spiritual values, rich intellectual foundations and distinctive worship traditions that have historically distinguished the Reform Movement. Read More...

REFORM ADVOCATE Winter 2016

Featured in this issue…

Moving stories from three interfaith families who have found spiritual homes in Classical Reform Congregations

A compelling new understanding of the evolution of Reform Judaism, presented by Rabbi Howard Berman in his new introduction of the 50th Anniversary Edition of W. Gunther Plaut’s Rise and Growth of Reform Judaism

BEYOND THE WARM WELCOME: REFLECTIONS OF A CLASSICAL REFORM RABBI,  by Rabbi Nadia Siritsky

INTERFAITH FAMILIES AND JEWISH LIFE SURVEY!

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eBook Edition of New Union Prayerbook Now Available

New Union Prayer Book, Sinai Edition  ePrayerbook

Experience the Beauty of Classical Reform Sabbath Services and more…

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Image of the New Union Prayer Book eBook on  iPad.  When you click the arrow in the  grey audio bar, you will hear the liturgical music. Copyright 2015, The Society for Classical Reform Judaism in collaboration with Chicago Sinai Congregation and the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

The Society published this new Union Prayer Book, Sinai Edition ePrayerbook (UPB ePrayerbook) to give everyone interested in Classical Reform Judaism an opportunity to experience the beauty of a Classical Reform Service in their own home, in a group or on the road with a mobile device.

We know from experience that many unaffiliated Jews, interfaith couples and families, and spiritual seekers of different backgrounds feel welcomed, inspired and comforted by Classical Reform Jewish worship.  It is our hope that this new UBP ePrayerbook will connect and reconnect many people to the beauty and power of a Classical Reform Service.

Includes: 

• Two Sabbath Services
• An accessible worship experience for non-Hebrew  speakers and readers.  The services are conducted primarily in English.  The Hebrew portions include the transliteration and translation of the texts.
• An emphasis on the universal Prophetic Ethics of our Reform Jewish Heritage.
• Embedded Music from Historic & Contemporary Reform Repertoire
• Stunning Photos of American Reform Temple Sanctuaries
• Special Prayers & Meditations
• Gender Inclusive Language

The UPB eBook is available on iTunes, Kindle and Google Play, at the lowest possible price. Our goal is not to profit from this book, but to make 21st century Classical Reform worship accessible and affordable. Get yours today.

 

 

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SCRJ’s Growing Number of Publications

Since the founding of the Society for Classical Reform Judaism in 2008, we have created and fostered a growing body of liturgical, musical and scholarly literature that have filled a critical void in Jewish bibliography. This new issue of the Advocate includes a description of seven of our publications, ranging from an update of Rabbi Gunther Plaut’s classic history of The Rise and Growth of Reform Judaism to the publication of the new Union Prayer Book, Sinai Edition, Revised ePrayerbook.   Click on the image below to read all the details.

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New Winter Advocate 2015

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IN THIS ISSUE:

  • SCRJ Response to the Terror Attacks in Europe
  • A Landmark Gift from the Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman Foundation  establishes the Ackerman Family Distinguished Professorship of the American Jewish Experience and Reform Jewish History on the Cincinnati Campus of Hebrew Union College. Dr. Gary P. Zola named as the inaugural recipient.
  • Highlights of Seven Years of Progress – Including Developments in Germany, Poland and Israel
  • The Society Adds a New Classical Reform Music Catalogue – with links to music soundtracks
  • In Their Own Voices: “A Decades-Long ‘Unobservant Jew’ in an Interfaith marriage Embraces Classical Reform Judaism”
  • Spotlight in Reform Jewish History: “Rabbi Sally Priesand, First Woman Rabbi in America.”
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Tragedy in Paris: Society for Classical Reform Judaism Speaks Out

StainedGlassFlagTablets_Scheuer-brightened_cropped_rev1The Society for Classical Reform Judaism expresses its sorrow in the face of the tragedy that has unfolded in Paris this past week.  We join all people of conscience throughout the world in condemning the attacks on the journalists of Charlie Hebdo, the French police officers, and the victims at the Hyper Cacher supermarket, singled out for murder solely because they were Jews.  Our hearts go out to their families and to all the people of France, of every faith and ethnicity.

In the face of the ongoing spread of violence and bigotry against our fellow Jews in France and throughout Europe, we stand in anguish and in solidarity.  We pray for their safety and call upon the world’s leaders to forcefully confront the spread of anti-Semitism emerging from whatever source- both native political extremists as well as radical Islamists. At the same time, as fellow children of Abraham, we affirm our ties to the vast majority of Muslims who understand and live their religion as a force for peace and justice, and we seek to join with them in confronting and rooting out the forces of extremism  and racism that corrupt all of our religious traditions and are the true examples of blasphemy.

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Grande Synagogue of Paris, site of the Memorial Ceremony on January 11

As American Jews who embrace the historic liberal, universalistic ideals of the Classical Reform tradition, we stand in witness to the vital importance of a progressive, inclusive vision of religious commitment in the face of all expressions of narrow, rigid, fundamentalism.

We also  particularly affirm our conviction that the destiny and mission of the Jewish People is to observe our faith and contribute our gifts to all of the cultures and societies in which we live as loyal, committed citizens. While we are deeply supportive of the role of the State of Israel as a center of Jewish life and a place of refuge for those of our brothers and sisters who suffer oppression and persecution in other lands, we believe that there must be strong, vital and secure Jewish communities throughout the world – particularly in the great historic centers such as France, which has had a thousand year history of Jewish life, learning and faith.  We pray that the Jews of France, forcefully supported and protected by their government and fellow citizens, will choose to remain in their home country and bear witness to the victory of justice, human rights and democratic values over the dark forces of hatred and violence… and will continue to play a vital role in the distinctive heritage of culture, art and thought that has characterized France’s place in our civilization.

“Grant  us Peace…Your most precious gift…O Eternal Source of Peace…”

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