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Progressive Congregation

 

Progressive Judaism is the dynamic growing edge of Judaism. It respects Jewish tradition and seeks to preserve the best of our Jewish heritage. It is also a living tradition, an integral part of the modern world. It confronts the challenges of our time, welcoming advances in all areas of human knowledge, and responding constructively and creatively to changing circumstances.

Progressive Judaism encourages men and women to play prominent and equal roles in leading services and in the running our synagogues. We believe in the full and equal inclusion of all Jews regardless of gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity.

Morality is at the centre of Judaism. Without ethics the rituals of Judaism have no meaning. The Torah teaches that we exist in order to do what is right. We see ourselves as a holy community which upholds the teachings of Torah and works for truth, justice and peace for all humanity.

Progressive Jews believe that Judaism should be an active force for good in the lives of Jewish individuals, families and communities and that it should contribute to the betterment of human society. Progressive Jews value truth above tradition, sincerity above conformity, and human needs above legal technicalities.

Our Services

Progressive services in the ACT are run by members of the congregation in a collaborative way. Weekly Friday night Shabbat Services are held at 6:00 pm, upstairs in the Progressive prayer space. Services are in a mixture of Hebrew and English. Families may sit together, and your children are most welcome.  

The ACTJC Progressive congregation has the great honour of having Rabbi Gary Robuck as our visiting Rabbi for 2019/2020. Rabbi Robuck will run High Holy Day services in addition to regular visits across the year. Programs for each visit vary and often include children's services, Friday evening and Saturday morning Shabbat services, study sessions and social events. Please refer to the ACTJC website and newsletter for further information ahead of each visit.

 

Bar or Bat Mitzvah

 

If your family will be celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah please consider joining us for your simcha.

We have a policy outlining what we offer and the expectations of candidates and their families. The policy can be accessed by clicking here.

Please advise if you know, otherwise you can discuss with Rabbi at your meeting

Please visit the policy by clicking here.

 

 

Tue, 12 November 2019 14 Cheshvan 5780