About

Welcome

Woodstock Jewish Congregation is a vibrant, welcoming spiritual home. We are dedicated to the advancement of Jewish ethics, culture and religion. We strive to enable participants to enrich their lives through Jewish worship, celebration, practice, study and fellowship. We are committed to maintaining our loving character by treating all people with care and respect; and to fostering our connection with the state of Israel and Jews around the world. We draw from all streams of Jewish practice. We welcome individuals of all gender identities, expressions, or sexual orientations.

 

Mission

The Woodstock Jewish Congregation is dedicated to the advancement of Jewish ethics, culture and religion. We strive to enable participants to enrich their lives through Jewish worship, celebration, practice, study and fellowship. We are committed to maintaining our loving character by treating all people with care and respect, and to fostering our connection with the state of Israel and Jews around the world. We draw from all streams of Jewish practice. Men and women have an equal opportunity to participate in bringing forth our goals.

It is our hope that the spirit of holiness and the passion for justice generated within our congregation will overflow into our families, workplaces and community at large so we might do our part in fulfilling the ancient directive “to be a light unto the nations.”

While we are an unaffiliated congregation, our rabbi, Jonathan Kligler, was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Our members are from all walks of life, and our services are joyful celebrations.

 

Inclusivity

Woodstock Jewish Congregation affirms the principle of inclusivity by welcoming all Jews as full participants in our congregation. Moreover, our congregation is open to all who wish to worship with us. We welcome individuals of all gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, nationalities, and levels of ability. We strive to fully integrate singles, single parents, couples, and children.

We offer discounted memberships to all who request them – we do not require supporting documents. Please contact us for more information.

Removing attitudinal barriers is as important as removing architectural and financial barriers. We strive to treat each other with respect and civility. We refrain from stereotyping individuals, or making comments about individuals’ physical characteristics, marital status, and other personal issues. In this way, we foster the warm, welcoming community that is Kehillat Lev Shalem.