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29 Sh'vat 5777
Parashat Mishpatim
Shabbat Shekalim
Havdalah 7:10pm
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Kaplan Quote of the Week

Weekly Quote from Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, z"l (1881-1983)
Hoffman [Charles I. Hoffman, Conservative rabbi in Newark, New Jersey] ...described tradition as a dynamic force which operated with the concepts and ideas of each age.... I took exception to Hoffman's identification of the cardinal principle as the dynamic force in Judaism. Only a living or moving thing can be termed dynamic. The dynamic force in Judaism is...the socio-psychic vitality of the Jewish people.

From Communings of the Spirit, Vol. I, page 70, Sunday, August 23, 1914; used with permission.

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Keddem Congregation is a community-led, Jewish Reconstructionist congregation, passionately committed to infusing tradition with new meaning. Keddem is based in Palo Alto, California, on the San Francisco Peninsula.

Worship, study, community and governance at Keddem are based on the following values: Keddem Congregation is inclusive, egalitarian, participatory, inquiring, innovative, and compassionate.

High Holy Days Drashes

With thanks to our darshanot, Mindy Penzias Dirks and Randi Brenowitz, we're able to share with our community the text of the remarks they delivered on Erev Rosh haShanah and Kol Nidrei, respectively.

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Keddem welcomes donations to support the cost of our High Holy Day services, which are open to the community without charge. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

And, thank you!

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Keddem's Email Lists

Keddem maintains four email lists for announcements and discussion: The Members List, the Interest List, the NewsWire List, and the Discussion List.

For a description of each list and information on how to join a list, update your email address, remove yourself from a list, or post to a list, click here. (As mentioned there, archives are available for all of these lists.)


Reconstructionist Movement Logo We are one of over 100 congregations and havurot affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. Liberal in outlook, yet respecting tradition, Reconstructionism is the newest of the four movements of organized American Judaism. To learn more, click here.  

  Phone: (650) 494-6400

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 50758
Palo Alto, California 94303
  Keddem is located in Palo Alto, California, the heart of Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. We're but 30 miles from San Francisco and 17 miles from San José, in the "mid-peninsula" or "south peninsula" area.

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