About Reconstructionist Judaism

Reconstructing Judaism logoReconstructionists define Judaism as more than a religion. For us, it is a civilization encompassing history and literature, art and music, land and language.


Our ancestors searched for meaning, purpose, and value. Our own religious tradition encourages us to lead our search with egalitarianism, participation, and diversity.



We are respectful of traditional Jewish practice but also open to new interpretation and forms of religious expression; tradition has

“a vote but not a veto.”

Our diverse views of God share an emphasis on godliness rather than the supernatural. We value that power in the universe which infuses all creation with a sense of transcendence and impels us to improve the world and ourselves.

We believe we are involved in the evolution of Judaism right now and are responsible for shaping the spiritual and cultural legacy that we will leave for future generations.

Belonging to the Jewish people comes before behaving or believing; we affirm our sense of belonging through our shared past and through our communal experience of worship, study and celebration.

Check out the Reconstructionist Movement’s web site at ReconstructingJudaism.org for more information!