BRS Civility Statement

BRS Civility Statement

In the spirit of our mission "Valuing Diversity and Celebrating Unity," we believe that a community is built on the collective engagement of individuals representing differing perspectives, whether religious, political, or social.  As Boca Raton Synagogue is an environment where all of its members and visitors need to feel valued and welcomed, members are required to comport themselves in a manner which reflects mutual respect and a sense of inclusiveness.

In our Synagogue, we value debate about pressing issues.  This is consistent with the American democratic tradition.  Our sages saw the value of arguments conducted l"shem shamayim" for the sake of heaven," believing that great minds who engage in respectful debate, will arrive at better solutions.  They valued and welcomed alternate views, as do we.

"Derech Eretz," good and proper conduct, and mutually respectful dialogue are core values of the Synagogue community.  These create a "safe place" for inspiration and spiritual growth, the central purpose of the Synagogue.  It is a violation of Jewish law and ethics to use harsh language (vitriol) to demonize or to marginalize people with whom one may disagree.   Uncivil expression reflects negatively on our Synagogue as well as on the individuals who engage in such behavior.  

Boca Raton Synagogue expects its members to act and to speak with kindness and sensitivity to others. It is only in this fashion that a strong, vibrant, and harmonious community can be created and maintained. Adherence to this policy is a requirement for membership in good standing at the Boca Raton Synagogue.

Fri, 20 January 2017 22 Tevet 5777