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About Reconstructionist Judaism

-- taken from ReconstructingJudaism.org, the online home for the Reconstructionist Movement --

Reconstructionists approach Judaism — and life — with deep consideration of the past and a passion to relate it to the present. In a rapidly changing world, Reconstructionist communities share and create new ways of being Jewish to connect us to the divine and ensure our lives are filled with purpose.

  • We view Judaism as the evolving civilization of the Jewish people in an ongoing relationship with God. Our shared culture — rituals, traditions and practices — reflect over 3,000 years of that evolution, and we continue to share and shape it today.

  • We break down the walls that divide us — demonstrating what it means to be Jewish today — standing up for justice and creating a better world for all.

  • We experience — and discover — God through our daily acts of ritual, creative expression and humanity, which leads to individual spiritual fulfillment.

  • We have originated many of the core innovations within American Judaism and lead efforts to make our community even more forward-thinking, inclusive and relevant.

  • We are committed to democratic practice in Jewish life and believe that people hold the right — and obligation — to reconstruct Judaism in order for it to remain relevant in our lives.

ABOUT Reconstructing Judaism
Mission: Reconstructing Judaism cultivates and supports Jewish living, learning and leadership for a changing world.
Vision: A more just and compassionate world where creative Jewish living and learning guide us toward lives of holiness, meaning and purpose.
We strive to realize these core values in every initiative and interaction:

TALMUD TORAH: Sacred Study
We delve into the wellsprings of our tradition, taking hold of Torah and challenging it to speak to
our lives today.	
AHAVAT YISRAEL: Hope and Healing 
We act to bring about the vision that the Jewish people, in Israel and throughout the world, will flourish along with our neighbors in peace and security. We seek healing for the rending of our communities and our hearts.
KEDUSHAH: Holiness						
We open ourselves to manifestations of the divine as transmitted in our tradition and experienced in our lives.

TZEDEK: Justice and Sustainability
We fight for justice, sustenance and dignity for all peoples. We work toward sustainability
for our world.
KEHILLAH: Diverse and Inclusive Community					
We build diverse, participatory, joy- filled communities that embrace Jews, seekers and our loved ones. As we encounter difference, we strive to respect each other’s voices, listening deeply and engaging with hesed (open and generous hearts).

HIDDUSH: Evolving Judaism Inspired by Torah, the wider world and the Jewish people in all our diversity, we co-create new ways of expressing Jewishness.

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