The Bristol Jewish Center is considered as belonging to the “Conservative” branch of Judaism, but in reality the congregation has taken bold steps to include everyone in the religious activities.
The Congregation has decided to become an ADULT synagogue; to include women’s participation in the services; to join the Reconstructionist movement of Judaism and to accept students from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Wyncote, PA. to serve as spiritual leaders. In fact, BJC was one of the first Jewish Congregations to accept a female Rabbi to conduct services; to include women to constitute a minion (10 people) needed to pray in the Synagogue); to call women to the Torah (Five Books of Moses) during religious services and to elect a woman as President of the Congregation.
RRC students are admitted to the college only after they have earned an advanced degree in another discipline. RRC students are required to spend a year of study in Hebrew and Philosophy in Israel before they graduate as Ordained Rabbis.
While celebrating our rich past, BJC’s Congregation is dedicated to ensuring its future by providing a warm, inviting, friendly and down-to-earth atmosphere as an “adult” Congregation. We encourage a diverse Jewish community to worship with us as we continue to maintain the Synagogue building as our spiritual home in Bristol. Interfaith families welcome.
Several years ago, The Bristol Jewish Center became handicap accessible both inside and outside, so those with disabilities can come into the Synagogue by means of a ramp, and approach the bema (altar) with a ramp.
We are a small congregation providing warm accepting hospitality to congregants and new comers. Our dues are one of the lowest in the surrounding area. Please visit our website http://bristoljewishcenter.org to learn more. You will be surprised at how much warmth and spirituality you can find for such a bargain.