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.
Our Reform Musical Tradition: Some Personal Reflections
Rabbi Howard A. Berman
Executive Director, The Society for Classical Reform Judaism
The Choir of the Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue, Berlin, Preserves the Great German Reform Musical Tradition
One of the most distinctive dimensions and enduring legacies of the Classical Reform tradition is the great repertoire of liturgical music that our Movement has created over the past two centuries. The early Reformers were guided by the overarching themes of our history – affirming Judaism’s characteristic integration of uniquely Jewish values and observance within the broader social environments in which our people have lived. They fully embraced the cultural and intellectual progress of the modern age as inherently compatible with Jewish tradition and identity. These values were the context for the emergence of new expressions of Jewish life and worship that reflected the different artistic and cultural settings of modern Europe and America
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This spring, the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR and the Society for Classical Reform Judaism will celebrate the fourth year of a partnership that has enabled a new generation of rabbinic students to encounter the distinctive principles and traditions of the Reform Jewish heritage. In addition to the ongoing scholarship opportunities, liturgical resources, and annual seminars sponsored by the Society, this milestone will be marked by a special conference on the theme “reclaiming and renewing our heritage” with a variety of programs exploring the legacies of leading pioneers of the Movement. Continue reading
Highlights of the Music of the High Holy Days in the tradition of Classical Reform Judaism
OPEN THE GATES UNTO US
This recording of the great musical highlights of the High Holy Days reflects a characteristic blend of the ancient melodies and chants of the synagogue, with the embrace of the best of the influences of the many cultures and periods that have shaped the Jewish experience. Featured are performances from some of America’s most prominient congregations.
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We are proud to announce the publication of a new revision of this important work – a true Union Prayer Book for the twenty-first century, prepared by Chicago Sinai Congregation in collaboration with the Society for Classical Reform Judaism.
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HUC Cantorial Students joined teh Hallel Choir
of Jerusalem for the SCRJ Service
The Society held its First Annual Institute on Classical Reform Judaism at the Jerusalem campus of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion on March 19-24, 2012. This was a major symbolic milestone for the history of Reform Judaism in America and Israel. One of the major highlights of the Institute was a festive evening service entitled “In the Majesty of Holiness.” It was a celebration of of Classical Reform tradition and the great musical heritage of the Reform synagogue in German, the United States and contemporary Israel.
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