At the end of March, HUC-JIR students will participate in the “Ride 4 Reform” - the ninth annual bike ride to support the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). Students will cover about 250 miles over five days, beginning in Haifa and ending in Mevasseret Zion. In addition to experiencing some of the most magnificent natural beauty that Israel has to offer, they will visit several Israeli Reform congregations along the way, bringing a message of friendship, solidarity, and support.
The purpose of the ride is to raise funds for the community and educational programs of Israel’s Movement for Progressive Judaism – Israel’s Reform Movement. The money raised is used to support and strengthen 40 congregations and prayer groups across Israel, as well as to establish new congregations in geographic locations where there is no Reform presence. The money is also used to support the 45 Progressive kindergarten classes around Israel; to empower new immigrants who speak Russian, Spanish, and English to find their place in Israeli society; to train secular public school teachers to teach Jewish studies in a meaningful and pluralistic way; and to create scholarships for children to attend a unique Israeli-Jewish summer camp.
We can make a difference in Israel’s future. Their Reform Movement needs our help. Please join us in strengthening our extended family by supporting this worthy cause.
If you would like more information about the ride, please visit http://www.riding4reform.org.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu