Our congregation was founded as the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Havurah in 1993. For many years we met in members’ homes for services, discussions and celebrations. At that time, services were lay led, and leadership rotated throughout the membership. Decisions were made by consensus of the entire membership –which started with about 20 people.
We have grown a lot since then; settled down in the Jewish Community Center; started a school for our kids; celebrated weddings, births, adoptions, and bar and bat mitzvahs; expanded from once a month services to a wide range of activities; appointed Aura Ahuvia as student rabbinic intern; became the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation and formalized our organizational structure and service leadership. We welcomed our first rabbi, Michal Woll, in August 2013, and currently have several rabbis working with us for 2015/2016.
Even as we grow, AARC still nurtures the feel of the Havurah that we were for nearly two decades—informal, dynamic, and highly participatory.