WHO WE ARE

We are a group of very different people who experience Judaism as a sort of magnetic force drawing us together.  It's one thing we all share in one way or another and in which we can all find the power, inspiration, and knowledge to live our lives fully and with purpose. 

 

Here's how our members describe our community:

 

Judgement-free

Non-cliquey

Friendly

Fun

Participatory

Informal

Homey

Genuine and authentic

Creative

Good energy

You don't need to believe in God

 

We are a Reconstructionist synagogue. We make Judaism relevant to our modern lives, and we strive to create unity among our diverse community – Jew and non-Jew, men and women, straight and LGBTQ, and people of different ethnicities, beliefs, political stripes, and backgrounds.

 

"I looked around the room, and I realized this is what I love so much about CBH--these wonderful friends coming together, celebrating Shabbat, sharing a meal, singing."  --Pam

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to be a community in which we all support each other, come to know one another, cherish our common bonds, and are stimulated by our differences.  Together we celebrate Jewish life, religion, and culture, and we care for one another through all the stages of life.

Our Values Define Us

Caring (Chesed): We support one another through the joys and trials of our personal and communal lives.

 

Inclusivity (Bruchim Ha’Baim): We welcome diversity in all its forms, including sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, age, level of Jewish engagement, and personal history including singles, interfaith couples, and families of all kinds.

 

Social Responsibility (Areivut): We work to improve our local religious and secular communities, our society, and the world.

 

Judgment-free Comfort (Nochiyut): We create an accepting, informal environment in which individuals are comfortable coming as they are.

 

Spirituality (Ruchaniyut): We provide a nurturing environment for exploring our spiritual lives and expressing it in our individual ways.

 

Balancing Tradition and Innovation (Izun Masoret v’Chidush): We respect the traditions that unify all Jews. We balance tradition with innovation to reflect contemporary values.

 

Devotion to Learning (Talmud Torah): We create many and varied opportunities for all our members to continue learning and developing their connection to our rich Jewish culture.

 

Engagement (Me’uravut): We seek to maximize individuals’ involvement and to engage all our members in the life of the community.

 

Collaborative Decision-making (Kabbalat Hachlatot M’shutefet): The membership and our rabbi work together to make decisions that affect our congregation.

 

Jewish Continuity (L’dor v' Dor): We are devoted to making Jewish life compelling for our community’s children and passing to them a strong sense of Jewish identity and pride.

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