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Congregation Shirat Hayam

Shirat Hayam, established in 1996, means “Song of the Sea”. It is a small Reconstructionist congregation serving the South Shore of Massachusetts. Shirat Hayam is an especially welcoming, inclusive congregation with many interfaith families in our membership. We meet for services, discussions, cultural events, religious school, adult education, and holidays. We share a building with Sanctuary Church, in Marshfield, MA. Visitors are always welcome.

Congregation Shirat Hayam is affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. Reconstructionist Judaism is the newest of the four major streams of Judaism. It has come into prominence in the United States over the past 75 years. Its founder, Mordecai Kaplan, did not believe in the traditional notion of God as an all-knowing figure. Rather, Kaplan believed that God works through nature and through human beings – not upon them.

Reconstructionist Jews generally think it is more important to believe that justice, kindness, and compassion are godly attributes, rather than to think of God as a power that possesses the attributes of justice, kindness, and compassion. This is another way of expressing the importance of human responsibility in bringing godliness into the world.

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