Welcome to JRC
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.
Reconstructionist Judaism Was Made For This Moment: Rabbi Rachel Weiss
Reconstructionist Judaism is both deeply rooted in Jewish traditions and boldy 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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
From Our Assistant Rabbi for Education
A Welcome to Families from Rabbi David Eber
At JRC’s Religious School, students and teachers are happy and engaged. Although we believe it’s important that school be fun, we’re serious about our responsibility to partner with parents to cultivate the Jewish values that will serve our children throughout their lives, in their personal relationships and as global citizens. Like many congregations, we consider ourselves “a community of learners” and at JRC, the emphasis is on the word “community.”
Voices: JRC’s Congregational Blog
JRC is an amazing, vibrant, dedicated, and participatory community. At last year's annual meeting, we described how JRC had managed to adapt to the unexpected lockdown as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived. Like many other organizations, we tackled new challenges with...
“Wow. That must have been really hard.” This is consistently the response I get when people hear that I began a new job as a synagogue executive director in May, at the beginning of the pandemic (doesn’t everyone mark time by where an event falls in relation to the...
Several years ago, JRC was offered what turned out to be a wonderful gift which came, as gifts sometimes do, wrapped up in a big complicated mess. Isn’t that often how it goes, not just for us as individuals, but for the Jewish people in general? If it weren’t for the...
“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.”