Looking to the Future
In the late 1800’s, Isaac M. Wise understood the importance of the tri-partite relationship necessary to bring stability and vitality to the Jewish community: the URJ (then UAHC) providing resources for congregations and lay leaders, especially in founding and supporting the HUC-JIR; the College-Institute ensuring a reservoir of outstanding new rabbis for our communities; and those rabbis, through the CCAR, supporting and fostering excellence in rabbinic leadership for the Reform Movement and providing life-long learning and other resources.
Facing the current challenges of the Jewish community, the continued collaboration among the CCAR, URJ and HUC-JIR as the three pillars of Reform Judaism remain a foundational commitment of the CCAR.
Today the meaning of partnership relies not just upon our shared history but also upon our aspirations and hopes, dreaming about the future and imagining what North American Jewry can become. Anchored in tradition and enriched by innovation, CCAR/URJ/HUC-JIR are initiating new ways of achieving cohesiveness in the Reform Movement and to provide an engaging, enriching, and meaningful Jewish life for Jews in the years to come.
Union for Reform Judaism
The synagogue arm of the Reform Movement, founded by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise as the Union for American Hebrew Congregations in 1873.
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)
The academic center of Reform Judaism
Religious Action Center (RAC)
Representing the Union for Reform Judaism and the CCAR in Washington, D.C.