Egalitarianism. All Jews are encouraged to actively participate and embrace responsibility in the Jewish community, including in prayer leadership. The process of decision-making is democratic, and the concept of God and/or godliness is described as gender neutral.
Mitzvah. Much time and effort is spent on learning about mitzvot. It is important to understand the concept of mitzvot as commandments that cover such subjects as ritual, prayer, and social action. The social action component includes making a commitment to caring for the environment, deeds of social justice, ethical behavior, and acts of loving kindness.
Torah. Torah is the ongoing, creative, and sacred story of our people’s experience. It offers a search for meaning in life, a sense of belonging to the Jewish people, a record of Jewish encounters with godliness, and a connection to our daily lives and the decisions we make.
Godliness. Reconstructionism supports diversity in the Jewish conceptualization of godliness. Individuals are encouraged to reflect on the meaning of godliness in their own lives and to express their spirituality through prayer, ritual, discussion, study, social action, and ethical behavior.
Israel. Israel is both the Jewish state and the Jewish people. It is important to participate in caring, committed, and knowledgeable relationships with Israel and to be accepting and welcoming of diversity within our community.
Hebrew. It is important to appreciate Hebrew as the language that unites all Jews, as Hebrew provides a connection to Jewish communities throughout time and around the world.
Change. Reconstructionism teaches that tradition is important and should be considered in everyday practice but that traditions can be modified as time passes and daily life changes. There is new meaning in old tradition; the past has a “vote,” not a veto. Further, it is vital that members of the community participate in discussions when decisions regarding change are made. These decisions are made by the rabbi and laity together, and they are based on research, text study, and an understanding of modern-day life.
Community. The community brings students and families together. There should be mutual respect for all members, consensus in decision-making, and an effort towards making choices that serve the community above individual needs.
Diversity. Diversity within the community is accepted and welcomed. All community members are encouraged to participate in events, and there is great effort made to provide a safe, comfortable, and affirming place for all members.