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Kehillath Shalom is a young, evolving congregation, part of a dynamic movement that defines Judaism as more than a religion. For us it is a civilization encompassing history, literature, art and language. We are respectful of traditional Jewish practice, but also open to new interpretations and forms of religious expression.
We are a congregation that is representative of the community in which we live - young families, mature couples, singles, interfaith couples, gays, individuals with diverse backgrounds of religious observance and Jewish knowledge, people from many walks of life. Kehillath Shalom prides itself on integrating this mix of people into an active, warm, spiritually invigorating Reconstructionist community.
Kehillath Shalom offers the warm intimacy of a small congregation with the diversity of educational, social, and ritual activities associated with a much larger synagogue. Kehillath Shalom encourages the full participation of interfaith couples in Jewish life through social and educational programs. Here are some of the ways we invite members to participate:
Our ritual committee works closely with the rabbi to develop programs that engage the spirit. We offer:
- Friday Night Service and Forum twice a month
- Shabbat dinners and services for families with young and school-age children
- High Holy Day services open to members and non-members
Our religious school reflects the Reconstructionist concept that the Jewish people's experience of God, Torah, and peoplehood has changed and grown throughout history.
Our adult education takes many forms, from lively Torah discussion each Shabbat morning, to the more formal classes and seminars taught by Rabbi Schwartz or by fellow congregants. Recent offerings have ranged from "Foundations of Reconstructionism," to "Tales of the Masters: Zen and Hasidic Sages."
Our sages taught that all Israel has a responsibility one to the other. Through our Support Net we help each other with whatever skills or expertise we can offer. Some counsel others who, like themselves, must face the challenge of cancer; others babysit when someone is ailing with a temporary injury. In addition, we provide food, companionship or a minyan asneeded.
Social Action The Jewish tradition of progressive change through involvement is fostered by our vigorous Social Action Committee.