RA'ASHAN - A RECONSTRUCTIONIST NOISEMAKER
Welcome to JRF NY/NJ online! Our electronic Ra'ashan provides up-to-date information about upcoming events, recent news, and exciting programming happening within our congregations, our region, and nationally in the Reconstructionist movement. We hope that this webpage facilitates networking, provides engaging program ideas and encourages involvement within the 14 congregations of our regions and the wider Reconstructionist community.
"Judaism continues to evolve."
--Mordecai Kaplan, founder of Reconstructionist Judaism
Congregations/Havurot of the New York/New Jersey Region
Reconstructionist Temple Beth Israel - Maywood, NJ
Bnai Keshet - Montclair, NJ
Congregation Beth Hatikvah - Summit, NJ
Kehillath Shalom - Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Emeth - Hewlett, NY
Havurah Mishkan Ha'am - Westchester-Riverdale Recon Group - Irvington, NY
Kehillat Ahavat Achim - New Paltz, NY
Society for the Advancement of Judaism - New York, NY
West End Synagogue - New York, NY
Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore - Plandome, NY
Congregation M'vakshe Derekh - Scarsdale, NY
Hebrew Congregation of Somers - Shenorock, NY
Bet Am Shalom - White Plains, NY
Who is a Reconstructionist? This question certainly does not have a definitive answer. However, Kaplan's powerful words concisely describe the central philosophy of Reconstructionist Judaism: to maintain an ever-changing, pluralistic, and globally aware community. JRF strives to uphold Reconstructionist values by encouraging widespread participation from the movement's eclectic and diverse membership. From our unique prayerbooks and haggadot, to youth and camping activities, to professional development for Hebrew school teachers and synagogue leaders, to on-line resources and customized consultations, to conferences and Shabbatonim, JRF's primary mission is to promote a vibrant approach to Jewish life.