Who We Are

Who We Are

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Our mission: Progressive Jewish values

The South African Union for Progressive Judaism’s mission is to promote Progressive Judaism in South Africa and espouse its traditions and practices

Constitution of the South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ) (PDF:118kb)

Leaders of the Progressive Movement

Key office-bearers in the SAUPJ and its various affiliates

SA Association of Progressive Rabbis

Progressive rabbis in South Africa have a national association which ensures consistent standards of religious practice

Arzenu: Progressive Zionism

Arzenu represents Progresive Judaism within the world Zionism movement, and stands for greater religious pluralism within Israel

Quick history of the SA movement

It all began at a meeting in 1930. A brief history of the Progressive Jewish movement in South Africa

About the World Union

The SAUPJ is one of 42 national members of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, with headquarters in Jerusalem

SAUPJ brochures


70th anniversary brochure

Temple Israel Johannesburg, the Mother synagogue of the South African Progressive movement, celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2006. This commemorative brochure was distributed at the anniversary celebrations.

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This SAUPJ brochure was created to provide the international Progressive community with a brief overview of the Progressive movement in South Africa. Copies are available at synagogues throughout the country, and through the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) in Jerusalem.

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