UAHC GOALS OF REFORM JEWISH EDUCATION

These are the goals of Reform Jewish Education, as published by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations:

1. Jews who affirm their Jewish identity and bind themselves inseparably to their people by word and deed.
2. Jews who bear witness to the brit (the covenant between God and the Jewish People) through the practice of mitzvot (commandments) as studied in Torah and the classic Jewish literature it has generated, and interpreted in light of historic development and contemporary liberal thought.
3. Jews who affirm their historic bond to Eretz Yisrael, the Land of the Israel.
4. Jews who cherish and study Hebrew, the language of the Jewish People.
5. Jews who value and practice tefillah (prayer).
6. Jews who further the causes of justice, freedom and peace by pursuing tsedek (righteousness), mishpat (justice), and chesed (loving deeds).
7. Jews who celebrate Shabbat and the festivals and observe the Jewish ceremonies marking the significant occasions in their lives.
8. Jews who esteem their own person and the person of others; their own family and the family of others; their own community and the community of others.
9. Jews who express kinship with K'lal Yisrael by actively seeking the welfare of Jews throughout the world.
10. Jews who support and participate in the life of the synagogue.

Each goal describes the ideal behaviour that an adult Reform Jew will achieve throughout a lifetime of Jewish exploration. These goals cannot be completely fulfilled in one year, or even ten years of study. Rather, they are ongoing images toward which Hews can strive. The Jewish student will achieve the many aspects of each goal at growing levels of sophistication as he or she matures.


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