"Membership in the UAHC offers boundless opportunities to growing synagogues," said Rabbi Peter Schaktman, Director of the UAHC's Department of Small and New Congregations.
"UAHC membership enables these congregations to send their youth to UAHC camps, exposing them to a wider spectrum of Jewish life.It provides them with help and guidance in areas where they need it.And it allows them to become a part of the North American Reform community, where they can exchange ideas with Jewish leaders from across the continent."
The new congregations range in size from under 50 households to nearly 200, and are located in communities from Louisiana to Ontario to Seattle.As part of the largest and fastest-growing Jewish movement in North America, they will have access to innovative UAHC worship programming, the opportunity to explore adult education programs and worship retreats, and the support of UAHC staff members in both their local areas and at Union headquarters in New York.
"Every one of these congregations has a wholly unique approach to Reform Judaism, tied to its community, with its own blend of tradition and modernity," Schaktman
said."Each is a welcome addition to the UAHC."
# # #The Union of American Hebrew Congregations
is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, representing over 1.5 million Reform Jews in over 900 congregations.UAHC services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programming, and the Religious Action Center
in Washington, DC..