About Us

The Vision

Each year thousands of Progressive and Reform Jews either visit or study in Israel. Studies show a growing desire among this group for more opportunities to engage in deep Jewish learning, explore their Jewish heritage, and strengthen their connection to Israel.

This keen interest on the part of the Progressive Jewish and Reform communities can be seen in their increased participation rates and enrollment in programs around Jerusalem. Yet most of these Jews are left with little opportunity to explore their Judaism within Reform or Progressive frameworks. Craving a concentrated learning experience, many students and lay leaders are forced to quench their spiritual thirst in arenas outside the norms of the Progressive Jewish Community. This gap is an opportunity for the Anita Saltz International Education Center in Israel to educate and engage Reform Jews in a manner that more closely resembles the way we see and practice Judaism.

Philosophy

Saltz believes in providing in-depth Jewish learning and leadership that is both rooted in Jewish religious tradition as well as steeped in Reform and Progressive Jewish values. The Center provides an option for serious study that also utilizes Jerusalem as a living laboratory for experiential learning.

Reform and Progressive Jews need a home for serious Jewish learning. The Saltz Center is now filling a critical need by providing lay leaders of all ages with the right skills that will allow them to expand their learning, vision and leadership.

The Setting

The Saltz Center, located in Mercaz Shimshon/Beit Shmuel, headquarters of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, overlooks the dramatic walls of Jerusalemís Old City. Sharing the campus with the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Saltz Center offers opportunities to study ancient texts and history, discuss current political and social issues, explore spiritual pathways and develop leadership skillsĖ all within the context of Progressive Judaism. Saltz learners examine Jewish worldviews, ranging from secular humanism to Orthodoxy, in their quest for Judaismís meaning and relevance in their daily lives.