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Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation

Welcome to JRC

JRC is a diverse, participatory, and sacred community dedicated to a daring, deeply-rooted Judaism.


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Welcome to JRC

All Together, We are JRC. Daring, Inclusive Judaism.

Our 400-plus household congregation is known for joyful spirituality, intellectual curiosity, inclusivity, and a deep commitment to social justice. JRC is about people – our members- and providing them with meaningful rituals and services and Jewish learning experiences, special events, and many opportunities to make lifelong friends. Come to schmooze, learn, eat, grow, dismantle the status quo, or even pray.

You’ve never known Judaism like this before.


Reconstructionist Judaism Was Made For This Moment: Rabbi Rachel Weiss

Reconstructionist Judaism is both deeply rooted in Jewish traditions and boldly relevant to the complexity and plurality of the times in which we live.  We balance customs and long-observed traditions with the needs of contemporary Jews today. Core to Reconstructionism is the belief that Judaism is the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people; such a civilization contains ritual, music, text, art, history, sociology, food, literature, politics, and most importantly, Jewish Community.


Who can I call in the event of a death or other pastoral emergency?

Call 847-497-5201 and one of our Clergy Team will get back to you.

How can I add someone to the Refuah Sheleymah/Healing Prayer list?

Email the details to JRC's Operations Director, Leslie Brown at

How can I share my family’s good news for the newsletter?

Email all the details to

Who can I contact if I have a question about my JRC account?

Email JRC's Operations Director, Leslie Brown at

Where should I mail my payment or donations?

You can mail payments to JRC at our home address in Evanston or to Kesef, our bookkeepers in New Jersey:

Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
303 Dodge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation,
P.O. Box 418,
Montvale, NJ 07645-0418​​​​​

How do I start to plan a family lifecycle event (wedding/b’nai mitzvah/etc.)?

Email and we’ll start collaborating!

Who can I contact if I have an idea about a program?

We have a form for that! Visit to send your idea to our Dream & Plan team!

“JRC is such a special place to me and to my family. We often note that JRC fills us up in ways we didn’t realize were empty and in need of filling.”

Jeremy E.

JRC Member

“Cantor Howard brings musicality, joy, and comfort. And Rabbi Weiss so genuinely and eloquently incorporates teachings from the Torah with everyday life in such a meaningful and powerful way.”

Jen F.

JRC Member

“I’m inspired by the commitment, passion, and intellectual curiosity of JRC members who don’t just talk about Tikkun Olam, but take real action to make this world a better place.”

Micky Baer

Executive Director, JRC

From Our Director of Education

A Welcome to Families from Director of Education, Lauren Reeves


Kehillah, JRC’s boldly reimagined religious school, supports learners of all ages & abilities in cultivating joy & resilience by teaching sacred practices & values. Our Shabbat-based program is infused with joy, allowing us to experience Shabbat together as a multi-generational community, while our Kehillah learners engage in a project-based curriculum.

Every individual in our community is loved for who they are, celebrating their gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, racial identities, degree of Jewish knowledge, or their multifaith families. We partner with parents to cultivate the Jewish values that will serve our children throughout their lives, in their personal relationships and as global citizens. We are a community of learners, with the emphasis on the word “community.”


Voices: JRC’s Congregational Blog


Bringing Our Whole Selves to JRC

Bringing Our Whole Selves to JRC

As we move on through our journey, may we continue to reach out and reach within, to accomplish our goals of keeping traditions, making new ones, and finding Love and Peace.

Happy 60th Anniversary JRC!

JRC’s 60th Anniversary

JRC’s 60th Anniversary

As we move on through our journey, may we continue to reach out and reach within, to accomplish our goals of keeping traditions, making new ones, and finding Love and Peace.

Happy 60th Anniversary JRC!


Board Members



What's keeping you?

Location: 303 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202

Telephone: 847-328-7678


“Talk about stumbling into the Promised Land! Having serendipitously found JRC when I wasn’t even seeking them out, I found myself blessed to bond with a community of souls whose spiritual depth is evident through their intention of connection, justice, and self-reflection. JRC brings the spiritual legacy of our ancestors into practical present-day relevance, by way of laughter, love, and sweetness. JRC is the best of family, awaiting your arrival, with open arms, and an open heart.”

Frederick W

JRC Member