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Throughout history, Jews have remained firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, even as we learned much from our encounters with other cultures. Nevertheless, since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has asserted that a Judaism frozen in time is an heirloom, not a living fountain. The great contribution of Reform Judaism is that it has enabled the Jewish people to introduce innovation while preserving tradition, to embrace diversity while asserting commonality, to affirm beliefs without rejecting those who doubt and to bring faith to sacred texts without sacrificing critical scholarship.

Reform Judaism affirms the central tenets of Judaism - God, Torah and Israel - even as it acknowledges the diversity of Reform Jewish beliefs and practices. We believe that all human beings are created in the image of God, and that we are God's partners in improving the world. Tikkun olam — repairing the world — is a hallmark of Reform Judaism as we strive to bring peace, freedom and justice to all people.

Reform Jews accept the Torah as the foundation of Jewish life containing God's ongoing revelation to our people and the record of our people's ongoing relationship with God. We see the Torah as God inspired, a living document that enables us to confront the timeless and timely challenges of our everyday lives.

In addition to our belief that Judaism must change and adapt to the needs of the day to survive and our firm commitment to Tikkun Olam, the following principles distinguish Reform Jews from other streams of Judaism in North America.

Reform Jews are committed to the principle of inclusion, not exclusion. Since 1978 the Reform Movement has been reaching out to Jews-by-choice and interfaith families, encouraging them to embrace Judaism. Reform Jews consider children to be Jewish if they are the child of a Jewish father or mother, so long as the child is raised as a Jew.

Reform Jews are committed to the absolute equality of women in all areas of Jewish life. We were the first movement to ordain women rabbis, invest women cantors and elect women presidents of our synagogues.

Reform Jews are also committed to the full participation of gays and lesbians in synagogue life as well as society at large.

 

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We are a spirited and spiritual community of people whose lives are enriched by our connection to Judaism and to one another. For nearly 30 years, we've gathered in the eastern Sacramento valley to learn, celebrate, pray and grow together.
 
We are newly-weds and empty-nesters, toddlers and elders, doubters and the devout. We are the non-Jewish partners and the newcomers to Judaism; we're those revisiting the comfort of our childhood rituals and those searching for something that might have been missing since then.
 
We are teachers and students. In one of the area's largest religious schools facilitated by our outstanding professional educational director, we challenge our children and teens to develop their own individual Jewish identities with the knowledge and character that will serve them throughout their lives inside and the Jewish community and beyond.
 
We find our connections through Torah, study, exploring our experiences of the divine; some through a brief and interesting sermon, a familiar melody or a quick chat with a friend – new or old; some through the fellowship of our Men's Club and their monthly poker games, Women of Or Rishon, the planning of an awesome Purim Carnival, and some simply in the shared pleasure of a really great corned beef on fresh rye bread.
 
We invite you to join us. Whether for a single Shabbat service or to find your place within our vibrant and diverse family which you can consider your Jewish "home," we welcome you here at Temple Or Rishon.

We welcome our guests and celebrate our simchas, we visit our sick and we mourn with our bereaved, we stand with the State of Israel and we care for our planet.

 

Facts

  • TOR was established in 1983 as Sunrise Jewish Congregation.
  • We celebrated the opening of our current Temple site in 2000.
  • Our current school facilities opened on our site in 2004.
  • We currently enjoy a membership or more than 250 families.
  • We are proud members of the Union for Reform Judaism.
  • We are devoted to enriching the spiritual lives and Jewish experiences of our community.
  • We are committed to the cooperation between and mutual support of all Jewish institutions.