Who We Are

The AARC is an open and welcoming Jewish community. Our membership is diverse and inclusive. We are Jewish and interfaith families, couples and individuals all from a wide variety of Jewish traditions, as well as non-Jews exploring Judaism. We are people with a variety of racial and ethnic heritages and sexual orientations.

Anita and Allison 2013Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner began her tenure as our congregation’s rabbi in September, 2017. But community and participation continue to define the spirit of our congregation – as members, we all share responsibility for nourishing it. We also hold some Shabbat dinners and events in members’ homes, to foster deeper conversation and connection.

Our culture encourages an open minded approach to Judaism. A core tenet of Reconstructionism is that “the past has a vote, not a veto.” AARC members actively explore and debate Jewish beliefs and practices, balancing a respect for traditional Jewish teachings with the responsibility to interpret them in the light of our contemporary values. We are affiliated with Jewish Reconstructionist Communities.

The Jewish teaching of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) infuses our intentions and practices. It is reflected in our social and environmental action projects as well as in our mitzvah opportunities.

Children study Jewish literature and Hebrew at our religious school

Hebrew study

We offer a religious school that is enjoyable and engaging for kids, and also offer learning opportunities for teens, families and adults.

Learn more about us by reading through the What We Do section, browsing our blog, joining us at an upcoming event or contacting us with questions.