The second principles’ declaration of the reform Jewish movement of the United States of 1937 was a peace message to the planet that was entering World War II. Also was a call to contribute with the construction of a Jewish homeland in Palestine and the promotion of a strong identification with the religious practice.
In 1885, a score of progressive rabbis, led by Rabbi Kaufmann Kohler, laid the foundations of the reform movement in the United States. Among other definitions, they declared their commitment to social action, the compatibility between Jewish tradition and science and they eliminated the kashrut and the ritual use of the kippa.
Towards the end of the Twentieth Century, American progressive began to take creative paths to recover the family and communitarian experience of the Passover Seder that had been neglected from the lives of most Jews.
One of the challenges we have today is to identify how to continue contributing for the building of a Jewish and democratic state, being Zionists Jews in the diaspora.
The Union for Reform Judaism for Latin America is the regional chapter of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the most developed Jewish movement in the world that focuses its practices on the Jewish tradition, on respect for human rights, pluralism, equality and inclusion.
The history of Judaism experiences a continuous movement of creation and re-creation. Otherwise, Judaism would have become a fossil and would be a mere subject of study in History books.
Does halakhah, the tradition of Jewish law, play a role in the religious life of Reform Judaism? I believe that halakhah is and always has been an essential part of Reform Jewish religious life and that its importance to us will only increase