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A Few Words About Us

Kehillat Ahavat Achim, the Jewish Congregation of New Paltz, was founded in 1964 and has been affiliated with the Reconstructionist Movement since 1984.
We extend a warm welcome to any who come to join with us in worship. In keeping with the values of Reconstructionist Judaism, we hold a tradition-respectful, liberal attitude toward our Jewish civilization, in which egalitarian and participatory practices are maintained. We are also committed to a respectful attitude for other faiths, and to fostering a pluralistic society in which all seek to further the understanding among the many religious peoples of the one earth.

The Jewish Congregation of New Paltz celebrates the vibrant diversity of the Jewish people. Our congregation, which is already comprised of many interfaith families and their children, is only strengthened through their full participation. We welcome all those who have converted to Judaism by way of any of the modern movements, and we affirm and embrace lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and families as valued members of our kehilla (community).