26 July 2023, The Tablet

Energised by a long-awaited union


Progressive Judaism

Energised by a long-awaited union

Joining forces: Rabbi Charley Baginsky and Rabbi Josh Levy

 

Britain’s Liberal and Reform Jewish movements have announced they will unite to create a new movement

There may have been a loss of momentum in the Christian ecumenical movement in recent decades, but in Anglo-Jewry it’s a very different story: there is a resurgence of ecumenism among the UK’s 275,000 Jews. In the most important development for a generation, earlier this year the Liberal and Reform Jewish movements announced that after more than 120 years of separation they will come together to create a unified Progressive Judaism.

The reconciliation is being led by Rabbis Josh Levy and Charley Baginsky, the chief executives of Reform and Liberal Judaism. Conversations have been taking place for decades. I remember my father telling me about the possibility of Progressive unification in the 1980s, but discussions foundered.

 

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