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...

The New Union Haggadah, Revised Edition, Now Available for Purchase!


Now Available for Purchase


Blends the best of the old and the new! This thoughtful update of this beloved Haggadah preserves the elegance and beauty of the original version while making it relevant to 21st Century families.

Not only does The New Union HaggadahRevised Editionpreserve the literary beauty and the broad, universalistic spirit of the 1923 edition, it also creatively incorporates the beautiful original artwork. The revision is being created in cooperation with the Society for Classical Reform Judaism.

Updates Include:  Gender Sensitive Language, Inclusive Approach, Full Transliteration, Miriam’s Cup Ritual

Go to the CCAR website at  www.ccarnet.org, or to www.amazon.com

If you are a member of a Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) congregation, please call your temple to ask if they can order a copy (copies) for you.  All URJ congregations receive a discount on purchases of The New Union Haggadah.


Hardcover, full color, or
Large Print Paperback, black and white
Price: $18.00
ISBN 978-0-88123-218-9
212-972-2626 x243

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Spring Reform Advocate Highlights The New Union Haggadah

NewUnionHaggadah_Page_081_CroppedColorThe introduction of The New Union Haggadah, as well as selected pages from the Haggadah, are highlighted in this Spring issue of the Reform Advocate.  In these few excerpts, you will get a flavor of the poetry and beauty of the graphics in this new publication, created by the CCAR Press in cooperation with the Society for Classical Reform Judaism.

Click here to read the Spring 2014 issue of The Reform Advocate.

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Classical Reform Videos Now Posted on our Website!

As a part of our commitment to providing Classical Reform resources, we are now posting videos of Classical Reform worship Services, programs and interviews with Classical Reform leaders. You will find these videos under the “Videos” tab in the menu bar. Here is an example of one of our services.


In the Majesty of Holiness: A Worship Service in the Classical Reform Heritage

This service was performed at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, on April 11, 2013, and was co-sponsored by the Society for Classical Reform Judaism. It showcases Classical Reform music and includes a review of the lives and compositions of three major Reform Jewish composers – Bonia Shur, Cantor Boris Schatz and Cantor William Sharlin.

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SCRJ to be Featured at the National Convention of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ)

The Society had a significant presence at the URJ Biennial gathering of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) in San Diego, on December 10-14, 2013.  Three thousand delegates from America’s over 900 Reform congregations gathered for this event. The Society presented two major programs:


Learning Session: “Reclaiming and Renewing our Reform Jewish Heritage ” on Thursday, December 12, 8:45 AM.  

Rabbi Howard Berman, Executive Director of the Society was joined by our Board members Rabbis Nadia Siritsky and Edward P. Cohn, and guest panelists in exploring the various ways that Reform congregations can rediscover our shared heritage and meaningfully incorporate our historic Reform traditions into their worship and programs.

Worship Service: “The Beauty of Holiness“-  Thursday, December 12, 5:00 PM.

For the first time in many years, there was a Classical Reform worship option at a Biennial. Rabbi Nadia Siritsky and Cantors Yvon Shore (Hebrew Union College Cincinnati) and Evan Cohen (Kehilat Har-El, Jerusalem), joined Rabbi Berman in offering a beautiful worship experience from  the Union Prayer Book- Sinai Edition, Revised - with music spanning both the historic repertoire and  contemporary compositions.

The SCRJ also hosted a booth in the Exhibition Hall, staffed by our Board, featuring our newsletters, CD recordings and other materials.

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Beyond Thanksgivukkah: A Deeper Celebration of Our Heritage as American Jews


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There has been a great deal of interest surrounding the unusual confluence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah this year. The hype of the “Thanksgivukkah” craze, with humorous ideas for joint holiday celebrations, including menorahs shaped like turkeys (“menurkeys”) and pumpkin latkes, are certainly amusing and witty. However, the intersection of the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah traditions offer far more profound and inspiring links that can add deep meaning to our observance of both beloved festivals.

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