At Congregation Beth Jacob, we strive to create an environment of passionate learning and of spiritual growth in which we are able to internalize Judaism. We believe that Judaism makes the ordinary holy and are committed to teaching these values as they apply to our community and to each of us as individuals. We encourage participation by all and strive to create a multi-level, multi-generational model where values are brought alive.
THERE ARE FIVE MAIN WAYS WE WORK TO ACHEIVE THIS GOAL:
The cornerstone of our synagogue is encouraging lifelong education – from our youth to our seniors. We strive for education to be intergenerational, bringing together people from diverse ages and backgrounds. While the primary teachers are the clergy, education at CBJ also depends on lay leaders. Our learning is dynamic, relevant and meaningful.
Our services allow all who come to explore the relevance of our tradition in their lives. We strive for communal and personal spiritual experience, finding empathy and beauty with prayer. Our services are participatory and encourage lay leadership and communal singing.
We strive as a community to bring our values to life. This results in activism in a variety of areas. We show love and support of Israel. We feed and house the homeless. We visit those who are ill. We participate in a variety of mitzvoth designed to protect the environment, save lives and make a difference in our community.
We are a vibrant, warm and welcoming community in which people build connections and relationships with diverse ages and backgrounds. Our community is participatory, volunteer-driven and active. We connect to one another through social events, volunteer involvement, holiday celebrations, chavurot and retreats.
We personalize our celebrations of moments of life from cradle to grave. We celebrate together birth, b’nai mitzvah, conversion, weddings, while supporting each other during illness and loss.