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Brit Olam - Covenant With Our World

Brit Olam - Covenant With Our World

 
'Brit Olam' translates to ‘covenant with our world.’
The Brit Olam reminds us of the words from Pirkei Avot:
“It is not what one says, but rather what one does, that makes all the difference in the world.”
 

Across North America and around the world, vulnerable populations face profound challenges. The Reform Jewish Movement is dedicated to meeting this urgency of now through moral leadership and congregational and community-based action. To this end, we have developed the Brit Olam, a moment of recovenant that articulates our long-term vision of a strong, networked Reform Movement acting powerfully and together to bring upon the world we want - a world filled with justice, compassion and peace. 

Signing onto the Brit Olam allows your congregation to publicly reaffirm its commitment to meaningful social justice work, grounded in our sacred and enduring Jewish values. This commitment, and the network it creates between congregations working in concert to repair our world, will live beyond any individual event or campaign.

We invite you to review the Brit Olam with your congregational leadership and encourage you to use the resources available on this page to support your process of signing onto the Brit Olam. Our goal is to have 100 Reform congregations signed onto the Brit Olam by the URJ Biennial this December. If you have questions about the Brit Olam, please email Tracy Wolf (twolf@rac.org).

 

What should I do next:

  • Download and read the Brit Olam document
  • Review our step by step instruction guide on how you can bring the Brit Olam to your congregation.
  • Refer to our frequently asked questions page for additional information.
  • Use our text studies to root conversations about the Brit Olam with your congregational leadership in Jewish values and teachings.

 

Is your congregation ready to sign onto the Brit Olam? 
Print out and sign the Brit Olam, and send it along with a high-resolution file of your congregation’s logo through this Brit Olam Submission Form.
Brit Olam Text Studies
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Use our text studies to root conversations about the Brit Olam with your congregational leadership in Jewish values and teachings.

8-10 minute text study
20-30 minute text study

Step-by-Step Instruction Guide
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Review this instruction guide on how you can bring the Brit Olam to your congregation.

Brit Olam Step-by-Step Instruction Guide

Frequently Asked Questions
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Refer to our frequently asked questions page for additional information.

Brit Olam FAQs

Brit Olam Congregations