The Philipstown Reform Synagogue is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism.

MISSION STATEMENT



The purpose of the Synagogue shall be to maintain a congregation to perpetuate Judaism, to serve the Jewish people by providing a place where they may worship and where the teachings of Judaism may be made known, to promote Judaism in all aspects of life by means of public and private worship, by religious education, and through social welfare activities.

VALUES STATEMENT



We are coming together as a sacred community to provide a place of Jewish worship, learning and assembly. We hope to nurture the spiritual and educational welfare of the congregation and work together to fulfill our sacred obligations to those in need in the greater community.

Our focus is to cultivate a caring, inclusive community in the spirit of liberal Judaism. We are committed to a participatory and democratic process both in congregational governance and in ritual. We welcome individuals and families of varying Jewish lifestyles. We dedicate ourselves to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation and interfaith family structure in all aspects of congregational membership, leadership and ritual involvement. We will work together to develop meaningful Jewish worship that includes an English transliteration of Hebrew and an emphasis on spoken English to make all aspects of ritual observance accessible.

Our personal philosophies and practices may vary widely among us. However, we are united in a common commitment to Judaism, to furthering our spiritual growth individually and communally and to engage in charitable works in the community.

We recognize that study of Torah is an ongoing lifelong process. Development of Jewish identity and knowledge of our traditions will encompass religious and educational programs for children, adults and intergenerational groups.

We hope to encourage and support one another as we grow in our studies and in loving-kindness and social responsibility.

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