Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Israel—Bergen County’s Only Reconstructionist Synagogue
Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Israel (RCBI) is a small congregation with a history and a tradition that dates back to the 1920s. At the same time we are an evolving Reconstructionist congregation unique to the Bergen County area, and which reflects the changing dynamics of our community and of Judaism today. Among our ranks are young families, mature couples, members of the LGBT community, singles, interfaith, and non-traditional families, all from diverse backgrounds of religious observance and Jewish knowledge.
We seek to combine the best of these various perspectives to create a warm, welcoming and embracing atmosphere. We maintain a strong commitment to traditions and practices that have defined us, while also recognizing that we can and must be able to adapt these traditions to the new circumstances and challenges that we face in our synagogue, our homes, our workplaces and our communities.
As a participatory congregation, we act in partnership with our rabbi to formulate guidelines and practices that apply our Jewish traditions most meaningfully to our modern times. Our process of values-based decision making, a Reconstructionist practice, helps us define our communal policies and practices.
Come join us for erev Shabbat services most Friday nights at 8:00pm and Saturday mornings at 10:00am or come for holiday celebrations. Check out Services for more information and to find out about Open House services, where newcomers are invited to join us in discussions about various aspects of Reconstructionism. We hope to see you there!
Congregation Beth Israel was established in 1928 in Maywood, NJ. The temple was housed in a beautiful old building with wooden interiors originally built as a church.
RCBI began as a Conservative synagogue. In 1997, seeking a new path for the congregation, the temple members voted to affiliate with the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. In 2014, the community decided to sell its building and share a space with Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood, NJ.