Rooted deeply. Growing wisely. Cultivating community.

Rooted deeply.

Our association with KKBE links us to a distinguished past. As one of the oldest congregations in America (founded in 1749), the birthplace of Reform Judaism in America (1824), and home to the oldest sanctuary in continuous use for Jewish worship in America, we are committed to preserving the legacies of our heritage. We come to KKBE to feel the spiritual uplift that comes from connecting with our deep roots. And, with pride, we share the stories of our historic congregation, sanctuary, and cemetery with visitors from throughout our city, country, and around the world.

Growing wisely.

At KKBE, “Reform” is a verb. Through reflection, study, experimentation and change, we affirm the ability of our congregation, and its individual members, to grow and evolve Jewishly. We strive to be lifelong learners, open to finding wisdom in ancient texts and spirituality in modern songs. We take seriously the mandate of Reform Judaism to make “educated choices;” we empower our members and educate our children to make Judaism a meaningful and significant part of their lives.

Cultivating community.

We seek to be an inclusive community for all individuals who wish to make KKBE their spiritual home. As we support one another through our joys and sorrows, as we come together to the rhythm of the Jewish calendar, we grow together as a congregation, as a family. Just as we cultivate relationships within the walls of our synagogue with care and intentionality, so too do we cultivate inclusivity and opportunity throughout the wider community. We embrace our sacred teaching not just to seek justice and peace, but to pursue them.

 

 

Adopted July 2017