Board Blessing and Covenant of Speech

Blessing of Our Sacred Work

(Stated before each board meeting) 

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּֽנוּ לַעֲסוֹק בְּצָרְכֵי צִבּוּר

Baruch atah adonai eloheinu melech ha'olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu la'asok betzorchei tzibur.

Blessed are you, Eternal One, our God, majesty of the Universe, who has sanctified us with Your mitzvot, and commanded us to occupy ourselves with the needs of the community.

JRC Covenant of Speech

(Stated before each board meeting)

At JRC, we cherish our diverse expressions of principles and Jewishness. JRC strives to be a safe place to talk about difficult matters with passion and compassion. To that end, we covenant one with the other to discuss matters of importance with Lashon HaShalom, the language of peace, both within the JRC community and beyond it. This Covenant of Speech proposes aspirational behaviors and attitudes to guide, not govern, our discourse.

As members of the sacred community of JRC, in covenant with each other we aspire:

  • TO LISTEN: Listen for fact and feeling with an open heart and an open mind. 
  • TO INQUIRE: Ask questions to gain understanding.
  • TO SPEAK: Share your ideas while respecting other ideas and people.
  • TO PAUSE: Know when to be quiet.
  • TO DISAGREE: Recognize that wisdom and good policy is built on respectful disagreement.
  • TO APOLOGIZE: Apologize and accept the apologies of others.

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In 2008, we built the first platinum LEED-certified green synagogue in North America. The construction required 18 pillars - the number in Hebrew that also means "chai" or "life." 

Now, more than ten years later, JRC has launched the Pillars of Chai Campaign to raise $4.4m to wholly own our beloved building. 


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