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Union Of Progressive Jews In Germany

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Union Of Progressive Jews In Germany

The Union progressiver Juden in Deutschland (UPJ) ("Union of Progressive Jews in Germany") is a registered association, founded in 1997, that represents liberal Jewish organisations. It is headed by Sonja Guentner and has around 3,000 members.

The publication work of the union began in 1997 with Seder ha-Tefillot, the Jewish prayer book by Jonathan Magonet in cooperation with Walter Homolka, from the Hebrew by Annette M. Böckler. In 1998 a Passover Haggadah was published. From 1999 to 2004 Annette M. Böckler translated W. Gunther Plaut's commentary on the Torah into German.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany (Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland) rejected the association and insisted on a single representative voice for Jewish organisations. In particular this concerned the contract with the government, signed with the Central Council on 27 January 2003, and its associated aid money.

In April 2004 open hostility broke out between the president of the Central Council, State Associations with numerous congregations of the Union were absorbed into the Central Council, after the status of a corporate body of public rights was conferred to them.


  • Heinz-Peter Katlewski: Judentum im Aufbruch. Von der neuen Vielfalt jüdischen Lebens in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. Jüdische Verlagsanstalt, Berlin 2002, ISBN 3-934658-38-5

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  • Official website
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