Progressive Judaism – what is it?
Progressive Judaism was developed during the 19th century as a reform movement within Judaism. It is therefore sometimes also called “Reform” or “Liberal” Judaism. It is the largest movement in Judaism with about two million members in more than fifty countries. The other two major movements are the Orthodox and Conservative branches. Progressive Judaism differs from them in two main respects. It has a more open and liberal attitude when interpreting halacha, the Jewish law. Instead of emphasizing the letter of the law, we seek its inner meaning and ethical message. Progressive Judaism wants the service to be meaningful and understandable also for modern people. Therefore, the country’s own language is used alongside the Hebrew. Translation and transliteration are available to make it easier for everyone to participate and feel at home during the service.
Progressiv Judendom i Stockholm is a member of the World Union of Progressive Judaism.