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Ceremonies & Practices

Judaism emphasizes action rather than creed as the primary expression of a religious life, the means by which we strive to achieve universal justice and peace.

Reform Judaism shares this emphasis on duty and obligation. Our founders stressed that the Jew’s ethical responsibilities (personal and social) are enjoined by God.

The past century has taught us that the claims made upon us may begin with our ethical obligations, but they extend to many other aspects of Jewish living, including: 
  • Creating a Jewish home centered on family devotion


  • Lifelong study


  • Private prayer and public worship


  • Daily religious observance


  • Keeping the Sabbath and the holy days


  • Celebrating the major events of life


  • Involvement with the synagogue and community


  • Other activities that promote survival of the Jewish people and enhance its existence

Within each area of Jewish observance, Reform Jews are called upon to embrace the claims of Jewish tradition, however differently perceived, and to exercise their individual autonomy, choosing and creating on the basis of commitment and knowledge.

(Source: “A Centenary Perspective,” adopted by
the Central Conference of American Rabbis in 1976)

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