Interfaith Families

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Congregation Beth Israel welcomes interfaith families:

  • Our congregation warmly welcomes all families as a unit, including households where some members are not Jewish.
  • Membership is extended to Jewish adults, their spouses or partners, and their children. Members from other faith traditions are welcome to continue membership, even if family circumstances change.
  • All members of the congregation are encouraged to participate in our decision-making processes and are eligible to serve as members of the Board of Directors and most synagogue committees. Members who are not Jewish are not eligible to be President or Chair/Vice-Chair of the Board.
  • Attendance at religious services is open to everyone, regardless of religion. While only Jews may be called to the Torah, or lead certain parts of the services, there remain many opportunities for other family members to participate in meaningful ways, such as reading certain passages in English or Hebrew. Following the Hebrew service can be quite challenging for many people, so transliterations and explanations of services are available. Holding, lifting and dressing the Torah during the service is limited to the Jewish member.

For a full copy of Beth Israel’s Statement on Interfaith Families, please contact the BI Office.

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