WUPJ - Latin America
The World Union for Progressive Judaism, headquartered in Jerusalem, is the international umbrella organization of the Reform, Progressive, Liberal and Reconstructionist movements. It is the voice and soul of the largest body of religious Jews in the world, affecting the lives of millions who seek a traditional yet contemporary expression of their Jewish spiritual and cultural identity.
In April 2004, the Conference of the Jewish Communities of the Americas, sponsored by the World Union for Progressive Judaism – WUPJ, was held in São Paulo. It was a memorable experience that brought together entities and participants from various countries.
in South America. This experience motivated a large number of activities and promoted integration among the liberal congregations
of the region.
An official office was installed in São Paulo in February of 2005. The main objectives are: the integration of progressive congregations and Jewish institutions in Brazil and Latin America establishing contacts and connections between these communities; motivate volunteer work and facilitate leadership training.
Biannual meetings were conducted in 2006 in Punta del Este, Uruguay and in 2008 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In Israel, the center of the Jewish people, the World Union answers the calling for religious pluralism with reform programs and institutions. The presence of the World Union grows in Latin America, Australia and Countries in Asia.
* Reform Judaism is also known as Progressive or Liberal Judaism. In Israel it is known as Iahadut Mitkademet.