Statement Of Principles

Sukkot 010The New Reform Temple is a congregation that practices Reform Judaism, as its members, emphasizing ethical over ritual practices, understand it. Above all we cherish the personal atmosphere, which is inherent to the size of our congregation. Therefore we like to manage our growth so we can maintain our warm and welcoming character and the close interaction with our fellow congregants and our leaders.

One of our cornerstones is the acknowledgment that every person has the right to make informed choices about his or her relationship to religious belief, practice and congregation. To be able to make those informed choices, we offer ongoing education, courses and events touching every aspect of modern Judaism as a religion, a culture and a community.

We aim at making everyone feel comfortable at our services and events, including those who enter a Jewish house of worship for the very first time. We observe those rituals of Judaism that represent our ethical ideals, add beauty to our lives and give meaning to our religious and spiritual experience.

A major part of that experience is our conviction that Judaism should be practiced without isolation. We understand social and civic responsibilities to be religious obligations, thus we are deeply committed to our local, national and world community. As an integrated part of the world around us, we value and celebrate the social dynamics of modern Jewish life. We are an all inclusive congregation that welcomes individuals, couples and families who subscribe to our values and want to raise children in a Jewish way. Regardless of race, creed or choice of partner.