Reform Judaism

Reform Judaism believes that the Torah was written by different human sources, rather than by God, which were then later combined. While Reform Judaism does not accept the binding nature of halakhah (Jewish Law), the movement does retain much of the values and ethics of Judaism as well as some of the practices and culture.

Reform Judaism ordained its first woman rabbi in 1935. In the UK, a distinct and more radical movement called “Liberal” Judaism began in 1909.


The Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan provides the following information from its own researchers. Each page has been checked by the chaplaincy advisor from the relevant faith group. Within every major religion, there are differences of opinion between leaders, and between leaders and followers. We only aim to provide an overview.