Welcome to the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation

Welcome to the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation. We are a warm, inclusive community of people who want to practice and study Judaism—or simply be around people who share a commitment to Judaism’s values.

Purim with the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregration

Purim 2017: sharing the Friendship scroll and its new member-built megillah case and bronze crown

We started more than 20 years ago as a Havurah (a fellowship), meeting in members’ homes for services, talks, and celebrations. Today we have grown into a (still small) congregation. Rabbi Alana Alpert has been leading services for us since 2015, and Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner will begin her tenure as our congregation’s rabbi in September, 2017. We offer a religious school, and an array of programs serving people of all ages. But we remain informal, dynamic, and highly participatory.

We believe in the values of Reconstructionism and its commitment to an evolving Judaism, theological flexibility and tikkun olam, repairing the world. We also have a deep, passionate commitment to diversity. Come to our events or services, and you’ll meet all kinds of members—families and individuals, LGBT and straight,  Jews by birth and Jews by choice, as well as families with non-Jewish members. Our services are egalitarian and pluralistic, our events accessible to people with disabilities.

touching the challah

“Everyone touch someone who is touching the challah!”

We like to think of ourselves as lifelong learners—constantly exploring and debating the meaning of our traditions. We also like to have fun, whether it’s during our annual Hanukkah celebration, our festive Fourth Fridays, or at our innovative bar and bat mitzvah services.

Be sure to check out our blog to see what we’re thinking about and up to lately!