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STEP 2 - JRF Salutes Legacy Book - Congregational Information Form
STEP 2 - JRF Salutes Legacy Book - Congregational Information Form
Submitted by Jennifer Glowacki
Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 4:40pm
Congregation's Official Name:
What is the name of the city in which this congregation is located?
In which state or province is your congregation located?
What is your name?
Year of Founding:
In what year was your congregation founded?
Please name your congregation's current officers and their positions.
About Your Community:
Keddem Congregation is a community-led, Reconstructionist Jewish congregation dedicated to discovering, developing and celebrating godliness in ourselves and each other. We practice an evolving Judaism that infuses tradition with new meaning, and is responsive to contemporary life. Commentary Our approach in exploring this vision is through the path of Reconstructionist Judaism. Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, spoke of God as the process that makes for the fulfillment of our human potential. "Godliness" is therefore our highest human potential. Kaplan also describes Judaism as an " evolving" civilization. In that context, we seek to practice a Judaism that is dynamic rather than static. And, as Reconstructionism rejects the notion of the Jews as " the chosen people," we at Keddem recognize that all are created b'Tzelem Elohim (in the image of God). We challenge ourselves to perceive and nurture that image in friends, in strangers, in those with whom we disagree, in everyone regardless of race, class, gender, or sexual orientation. This awareness is the basis of our relationships and activities. Under this vision, we intend to provide experiences that touch the heart and soul as well as the mind, and varied ways for people to connect with each other to share important experiences. We join together as we wrestle with the meaning of God in our lives, and seek a balance between mind and heart. The mission of Keddem Congregation is to: Promote and practice Reconstructionist Judaism, Be a warm, welcoming, supportive community where people find intellectual challenge, emotional involvement, and spiritual engagement with others as they wrestle with the meaning of God in their lives, Empower our members to grow Jewishly, and become active and engaged in doing Judaism, Discover and build our spirituality through many paths—song, dance, and meditation, as well as prayer and study, Foster multigenerational learning through study of both traditional and contemporary texts and issues, Care for our world through committing to tzedek (justice) and tikkun olam (repair of the world), Build and deepen our connections with each other by celebrating the joys of our lives together and by supporting each other in times of loss or trouble. Keddem Congregation is: Inclusive: Everyone who supports our vision and mission is welcome at Keddem Congregation, regardless of background, family, lifestyle, or Jewish education. The congregation is committed to democratic process in making major decisions. We respect each others' beliefs, practices and perspectives and realize there is wide diversity in the ways to belong. Egalitarian: At Keddem Congregation, all are equal and equally welcome to participate in what we do, regardless of background, race, gender, gender preference, income, Jewish education, lifestyle or birth religion. We welcome interfaith couples to join and to participate in Keddem's community life. Participatory: Involvement builds community. All Keddem Congregation members are encouraged to participate in activities ranging from services and tikkun olam (social action) activities, to governance and social events. Inquiring: An attitude of inquiry frames learning at Keddem Congregation. Keddem promotes Torah-based continuous learning through studying and questioning the evolution of the Jewish community, writings, and practice. Members benefit from each other's knowledge and experiences, value diverse opinions and differing perspectives. Innovative: Just as Mordecai Kaplan recognized that Judaism is an evolving religious civilization, so does Keddem Congregation seek to be continuously evolving. It is through innovation that we carve a path of Judaism, rooted in tradition and peoplehood, yet relevant for the present. We welcome and encourage new, creative ideas. Compassionate: Just as we seek to recognize the godliness in every other human being, so we at Keddem Congregation respond to each other with the kindness, compassion, respect, patience, and humility that this recognition deserves.
Please provide a paragraph or so about your community. Who's a part of it? What sets your congregation apart?
Now, please give us some information about your photos
In the boxes below, please type the name of each Photo, using the naming instructions from the e-mail. File naming instructions: Congregation Name.State.Category.(#).jpg For instance, if Congregation Beit Tikvah in Maryland has a picture that represents Tikkun Olam, it should look like this: CongregationBeitTikvah.MD.TikkunOlam.jpg If Congregation Beit Tikvah in Maryland has 2 pictures that represent Tikkun Olam, they should add a number after the Category to let us know which picture of Tikkun Olam we are seeing. It should look like this: CongregationBeitTikvah.MD.TikkunOlam.1.jpg. Please also give us the caption that should go along with each photo.
Photo 1 Name:
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Photo 2 Name:
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Photo 3 Name:
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Photo 4 Name:
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Photo 8 Name:
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Photo 9 Name:
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Photo 10 Name:
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