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Temple Israel & JCC

Temple Israel & JCC

Two Congregations, One Community

Temple Israel & JCC

About Reconstructionist Judaism

Reconstructionism at a glance…

Reconstructionists define Judaism as more than a religion. For us it is a civilization encompassing history, literature, art and music, land and language.

Our religious tradition is the reflection of our ancestors’ search for meaning, purpose and value. In our own search, we are egalitarian, participatory, and open to varying viewpoints.

Belonging to the Jewish people comes before behaving or believing — through our shared past and through our communal experience of worship, study and celebration, we affirm our sense of belonging.

We are respectful of traditional Jewish practice but also open to new interpretation and forms of religious expression; tradition has “a vote but not a veto.”

Our diverse views of God share an emphasis on godliness rather than on the supernatural. We value that power in the universe which infuses all of creation with a sense of transcendence and impels us to improve the world and ourselves.

We believe we are involved in the evolution of Judaism right now, and are responsible for shaping the spiritual and cultural legacy we will leave to future generations.

As a Reconstructionist community, RCBI seeks to make Jewish observance, tradition and ritual accessible to each generation. We offer many opportunities on the community level to engage in Judaism and Jewish study, for through education, through doing, we can connect with our heritage and history, and continue to evolve.

Perhaps you are a Reconstructionist and just don’t know it.

Many people come to RCBI and say they feel at home spiritually, that the wonderful readings in our prayer book provide a portal to a new understanding of Jewish prayer and liturgy. Some people like the democratic, community-driven model of  governance, our concern for social justice, and our attention to authentic Jewish expression and observance that reflects our community. We hope you will visit and see for yourself.

Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Israel

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