Reconstructing Judaism

Jewish Reconstructionist Communities in Association with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
In June 2005, Congregation Beth Evergreen formally joined the Reconstructing Judaism movement
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Message from Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.

on the occasion of CBE’s 40th anniversary celebration 3/8/2014
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February 27, 2014

To the members and leaders of Congregation Beth Evergreen,

On behalf of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, it is my great pleasure to wish you mazal tov on the occasion of your 40th anniversary. This is a significant milestone, and I hope you will see many more such happy occasions.

Your community’s path has been steady and strong. As an aspen grows from one small shoot, Congregation Beth Evergreen grew from an idea in the mind of one person and a dozen supporters into a 200-family-strong congregation for Jews in the mountain communities west of Denver. This type of longevity can only be sustained by years of volunteerism, hard work, selfless community engagement and a devotion which is truly extraordinary. May you continue to grow according to your highest potential.

As president of RRC and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, I commend Congregation Beth Evergreen on its capacity to raise up engaged leaders in crucial roles such as Rabbi Jamie Arnold, a warm and collaborative luminary from my own graduating class at RRC, ’99; Executive Director Neshama Mousseau, who has contributed her skills to the Reconstructionist movement as a whole; and Education Director Dr. Carol Loveman Morris, who is known to be a creative educator. Great leadership remains essential when a community, such as yours, operates in a robust tradition of member participation and volunteerism. May you continue to thrive under strong leadership who treasures and works in partnership with congregational members.

We feel honored to have included your community as part of our own for nearly the last decade. We know that Congregation Beth Evergreen, in genuine Reconstructionist style, is committed to fostering a strong sense of belonging by offering opportunities to participate in meaningful worship, to pursue the spiritual, and to engage in lifelong Jewish education
and discussion while offering everyone a place at the table. As your community continues to flourish, we in the Reconstructionist movement look forward to supporting your goals and to collaborating with you.

May we all continue to go from strength to strength.

Yasher koakh!

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.
President RRC and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities

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