In 2017, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism launched the
Urgency of Now Initiative on behalf of the Reform Jewish Movement
Developing a strong network of active and empowered congregations is imperative to the sacred work of תקון עולם (tikkun olam), repairing the world. The Urgency of Now Initiative focuses on building power and momentum across North America by engaging congregations in issue-specific social justice work that enables us to grow and learn from one another.
In a polarized political climate, this Initiative helps congregations come together, initiate important and sometimes challenging conversations about the type of social justice work that best fits your community, and then map power and available resources to discern where to focus efforts for the greatest possible impact.
Join us to build a network of strong congregational teams committed to acting powerfully and effectively in local communities and within a broader movement to create long-lasting positive change across North America.
The Brit Olam
- Read, download and discuss the Brit Olam - Covenant with our World with your
How do I get involved?
- Get your congregational leaders (especially those who sign the Brit Olam) in The Tent.
The Tent is the Reform Movement's collaborative online discussion platform. It is the best and primary location for information, conversation and resource sharing related to the Urgency of Now Initiative. Make sure to join the Social Action group.
- Visit our Urgency of Now Resource Center for tips and tools to get involved in social justice work.
The Resource Center features the Reform Movement's most urgent legislative action alerts and resources, including webinar recordings and printed materials.
- Learn more about one or more of our current Urgency of Now campaigns below.
The Immigrant Justice Campaign is designed to encourage URJ congregations to declare themselves "Immigrant Justice" Congregations, signifying their work to protect and defend undocumented immigrants facing deportation.
To self-designate as an “Immigrant Justice” Congregation, a community must be doing one or more of the following: actively supporting undocumented immigrants with financial, legal, materials or other forms of support, working to advance pro-immigration policies and legislation on a local, state or federal level or providing physical shelter to one or more undocumented immigrants within their facilities (also known as providing “Sanctuary”).
The Transgender Rights Campaign addresses a dangerous shift in how transgender and gender non-conforming students will be treated in public schools.
We are engaging Reform Jewish leaders all over the country to team up with local activists and stakeholders to demand that school districts enact policies that will uphold the civil rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students.
The Criminal Justice Reform Campaign pursues our vision for racial justice by working to end mass incarceration and racial disparities in our criminal justice system.
Congregations that participate in our campaign will use the "Reflect, Relate, Reform" framework to deepen their capacity to organize for racial justice and join in local efforts to change criminal justice policies and practices in their communities.
Brit Olam Congregations
Temple Beth Or
Temple B'rith Kodesh
Temple Beth Ami
Congregation Beth HaTephila
Temple Shaaray Tefila
Mount Zion Temple
Congregation Kol Tikvah