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Adat Shalom offers each member a meaningful place within a vibrant, caring and intentional community. The congregation becomes a major part of the social network of many of its members, a place where deep friendships are formed, where members turn to celebrate joyous occasions and to be supported when they are in need. Participation and voluntarism are central to Adat Shalom's culture, and everything we do comes back to the idea of kehilah, of community. A Participatory Community Introduction Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation is dedicated to the moral and spiritual fulfillment of its members and to K 'lal Yisrael ( the Jewish People ). We are active participants in the Reconstructionist movement as members of the Chesapeake Region of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. We affirm the idea that Judaism is the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people. Members of our community explore, enjoy, and evaluate Judaism in all of its aspects. We are determined to make the process of revitalizing and reconstructing Jewish civilization a responsible, participatory, democratic undertaking. We believe that Judaism encompasses the entire cultural legacy of the Jewish people. Religion is central; Jewish spiritual insights and religious teachings give meaning and purpose to our lives. However, our creativity as expressed through art, music, dance, drama, languages, and literature and our relationship with the land of Israel itself, are also integral parts of our Jewish spirituality and culture. Drawing on the richness of historical Judaism, we seek meaningful ways to express our Jewishness and to enrich our lives. In this search, people take precedence over doctrine, and communities over institutions. We affirm that we live in two civilizations one secular, one religious requiring a strong commitment to both our Jewish and our American identities, as we emphasize social justice and personal ethics from both realms. We are engaged in the ongoing task of building a relationship to our Judaism that is faithful to our past and relevant to the present. Just as Jewish civilization has adapted to new circumstances throughout Jewish history, so must it adapt to 21st-century North American society. We embrace a maximalist, progressive, and egalitarian Judaism in which study, worship, and action pervade both our religious and our secular lives. And we do this within a participatory, voluntary context, knowing that a strong communal life is central to realizing all of the goals and values contained herein. Back to Top Inclusive Community We strive to be a community that welcomes diversity. Thus, we encourage members with a wide range of prior experiences and understandings of Judaism to freely express themselves. Freedom of expression encompasses respectful differences of religious opinion. We seek a more reliable basis for Jewish unity and the future of Judaism than mere uniformity of doctrine and practice. We are Jews in search of contemporary, reasoned, and still-evolving ways of thinking about our Judaism, in short, ba 'alei she 'elah: Jews with questions. We strongly affirm the principle of inclusivity in all areas of Jewish life by welcoming all Jews, regardless of their sexual orientation, as full participants in the religious practices of our congregation. We also welcome as members interfaith families, families with adopted children, people with disabilities, and individuals of all ages. While we affirm the importance of the family in Jewish culture, we also strive to fully integrate singles, single parents, and childless couples into Jewish life and to make them full, active participants in our community. We understand Jewish spirituality as a shared journey from which no one should be excluded. Removing attitudinal barriers is as important as removing architectural or procedural barriers. Moreover, Torah which we emphasize as ethical instruction is for everyone, regardless of disability, economic status, ethni

Regular Hours

Services are held at 9:30am Saturday mornings

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Phone: (301) 767-3340

Primary Phone: (301) 767-3340

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Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

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