Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

Reform and Conservative Men’s Clubs Agree on ‘Historic’ Cooperation

— The men’s clubs of the Reform and Conservative movements agreed on a “historic” collaboration.

The agreement between the Men of Reform Judaism and the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, announced last month on the blog of the Union for Reform Judaism, emphasizes that the agreement is not a merger. But the groups have agreed to collaborate in various ways, including sharing data and training materials, attending each other’s meetings and missions, leadership development and promoting successful programming to the two memberships.

In the memorandum of understanding, the groups said the collaboration was “in the spirit of klal Yisrael,” the entire Jewish community, and was intended “to more effectively involve men in Jewish life.”

“This is not a merger; each organization will continue to maintain its own identity,” the agreement said. “It is our joint belief that this inter-Movement cooperation between men’s groups will enhance our understanding of, and enable us to involve, Jewish families.”

The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs is the umbrella group for over 250 affiliated Conservative organizations across North America. Men of Reform Judaism, founded in 1923, is its Reform counterpart and approved the memorandum at its June convention in New Orleans.

“Despite our cultural differences, which each group has pledged to respect, there is much that unites us and, in fact, MRJ has been working together with FJMC on a limited basis for a few years,” Steven Portnoy, the president of the Reform group, wrote on the movement’s blog, calling the collaboration “historic.”

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.