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Yom Rivii, 3 Av 5774
Thursday, July 31, 2014

B'ruchim Habaim

Welcome to Congregation Schaarai Zedek.  Whether you are new to Tampa or just new to our congregation, we hope you will find your spiritual home with us.  

I have always had an important dream for Schaarai Zedek.  I want to help every congregant of every age be able to meet his or her potential spiritually, socially and educationally through active participation in our varied Temple activities.

I am proud of what we have built and what we have added to the 120 year old mainstream Reform Jewish foundation we inherited.  I am also proud of our outstanding staff which includes two Rabbis, a Cantor, a full-time Director of Life Long Learning, a Preschool Director, an Executive Director, and a Youth Director.  Each of them is experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated to serving you.

The Jewish future is bright and challenging.  We at Schaarai Zedek will continue striving to be at the forefront of innovation.  My door will always be open to you as a friend, teacher and Rabbi.  Together, I hope we can create warm Jewish memories and a special feeling that you will cherish.

-Rabbi Richard J. Birnholz

July 28-August 3, 2014 

Wednesday, July 30
PRESCHOOL CLOSED-TEACHER WORK DAY
6:30 pm         European Exchange Teen and Parent Dinner

Thursday, July 31

PRESCHOOL CLOSED-TEACHER WORK DAY

Friday, August 1
2:00 pm          Preschool Open House
7:30 pm          Shabbat Service

Saturday, August 2
10:00 am         Torah Study 

 

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Throughout history, Jews have remained firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, even as we learned much from our encounters with other cultures. Nevertheless, since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has asserted that a Judaism frozen in time is an heirloom, not a living fountain. The great contribution of Reform Judaism is that it has enabled the Jewish people to introduce innovation while preserving tradition, to embrace diversity while asserting commonality, to affirm beliefs without rejecting those who doubt and to bring faith to sacred texts without sacrificing critical scholarship.

Reform Judaism affirms the central tenets of Judaism - God, Torah and Israel - even as it acknowledges the diversity of Reform Jewish beliefs and practices. We believe that all human beings are created in the image of God, and that we are God's partners in improving the world. Tikkun olam — repairing the world — is a hallmark of Reform Judaism as we strive to bring peace, freedom and justice to all people.

Reform Jews accept the Torah as the foundation of Jewish life containing God's ongoing revelation to our people and the record of our people's ongoing relationship with God. We see the Torah as God inspired, a living document that enables us to confront the timeless and timely challenges of our everyday lives.

In addition to our belief that Judaism must change and adapt to the needs of the day to survive and our firm commitment to Tikkun Olam, the following principles distinguish Reform Jews from other streams of Judaism in North America.

Reform Jews are committed to the principle of inclusion, not exclusion. Since 1978 the Reform Movement has been reaching out to Jews-by-choice and interfaith families, encouraging them to embrace Judaism. Reform Jews consider children to be Jewish if they are the child of a Jewish father or mother, so long as the child is raised as a Jew.

Reform Jews are committed to the absolute equality of women in all areas of Jewish life. We were the first movement to ordain women rabbis, invest women cantors and elect women presidents of our synagogues.

Reform Jews are also committed to the full participation of gays and lesbians in synagogue life as well as society at large.