What To Expect From A Reform Congregation

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Reform congregations are becoming more and more popular in every city. People are getting more interested and looking for a way to gain membership in such communities. Reform congregations can be found in reform synagogues in almost every city. These are different from the traditional orthodox synagogues from which the reform synagogues hail from. Much respect should be put to both beliefs, and those looking for a reform congregation membership can find it by merely walking through the doors of a reform synagogue.

Different synagogues have different membership options and benefits. However, there are some things that one can expect from a reform congregation when joining. Membership can be obtained through visiting a Rabbi or through the congregation’s website. One can look up reform synagogues near them and follow up on ways in which a person can join the gathering.

When getting a reform congregation membership, here are some of the steps that can follow before full membership is fulfilled:

  • An appointment with a Rabbi: One of the first things people do when they join a reform congregation is being handed a meeting with the Rabbi. The Rabbi will take the person through the expectations and what the assembly is about.
  • Community Shabbat Celebrations: Learning, praying, Nosh, and many more happen during the year. When there are new members in the congregation, community Shabbat celebrations are an excellent way to welcome members into the congregation.
  • Member Learning Orientation Sessions: When a person is new to reform congregations, member orientation is crucial. The new members need to learn all about the congregation and how life will be in their new community.
  • Meeting Other New Members: New members are usually put together and allowed to interact and learn from one another. Learning what they are looking for in the congregation and their journey to join can enhance the strength and togetherness of the community.

Liberal Thinking

Reform congregations are known to be more liberal in mind. Reformed congregations set to accept changes that are happening in the community as the years go on. The liberal thinking is what leads to the reforms found in the congregation. Breaking free from some of the traditional beliefs to match the changes in society today is vital. However, only practical aspects can go through reform.

Larger Roles for Women

In reformed congregations, women can now pick up larger roles. It is allowed for a lady to be ordained. Female Rabbis are increasing. This is in acceptance of the growing role of women in the society today. Women have proven to be able to handle positions of leadership as well as men can.

Different Seating Arrangements

The sitting arrangement in reformed congregations is different from that of orthodox communities. Men and women in reformed congregations can now sit together. Usually, the two were separated in an attempt to avoid distractions and had full focus on the service. Now families can sit together in reformed congregations.

Seeking membership in a reformed congregation is an excellent step for a person to take. Reformed congregations are welcoming to all the people seeking membership.


Ruth Hill