Vermont's Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz lives a principled life. In a recent event sponsored by University of Vermont Hillel, a campus group serving UVM's Jewish community, Markowitz shared with attendees the story of her life, and the principles guiding it.
Growing up in a Reconstructionist synagogue, Markowitz was influenced by a liberal brand of Judaism, which places emphasis on individual autonomy over tradition and customs. In Markowitz's own words, Reconstructionism is "a discussion with the principles and values" of the Jewish religion, from which each participant takes something different.
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