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What is Reform Judaism?

Temple Israel-Tallahassee identifies as a Reform synagogue.

Reform Judaism encompasses beliefs and practices firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, while asserting that a Judaism frozen in time is an heirloom, not a living fountain.

Reform Judaism 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 beliefs and practices. We see the Torah as God-inspired and a living document that enables us to confront the timeless and timely challenges of our everyday lives. 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.

We welcome you to our inclusive Reform synagogue, Temple Israel-Tallahassee!

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