Keruv – Welcome Interfaith Families

Congregation B’nai Israel provides a warm, inclusive, spirtual and supportive community for all who seek a Jewish experience. Keruv (to come closer), spearheaded by the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (a constituent arm of the Conservative movement), was formed to answer the needs of interfaith couples and families, and, in the words of the Torah, to “welcome strangers into the tent.” Congregation B’nai Israel welcomes interfaith families into our synagogue family through our Keruv program. Keruv programming provides opportunities for congregants to explore issues relating to intermarriage in a safe and supportive environment.

Our synagogue welcomes those who wish to partake in the richness of Jewish life. Interfaith couples and families are part of the make-up of our congregation, reflecting the diversity of an ever-widening variety of people committed to or interested in Jewish life.

Please join us for a New Member Shabbat, March 25, 2017, 9:30 A.M. We will honor and extend a warm welcome to new and prospective members including those who are studying toward their Conversions to Judaism with Cantor Lichterman. A gala Kiddush luncheon will follow.

Celebrate Life-Cycle Events with us
Congregation B’nai Israel offers meaningful ways to celebrate important life-cycle events. From the joy of birth to the sadness of death, and everything between the two, we are here to be a part of these significant moments in your life. Jewish milestones are so often and fully celebrated as part of a community, and we offer that opportunity for you and your family. At B’nai Mitzvot, if there is a non-Jewish parent and other non-Jewish relatives, they may participate in the ceremony in many meaningful ways. A Brit Milah (Bris or ritual circumcision) and baby naming ceremony for a girl, mark the parents’ commitment to raising the baby as a Jew. Both parents in an interfaith marriage may participate in the blessing ceremony.

Worship with us
We welcome both Jewish and non-Jewish family members to worship at all services. Weekday, Shabbat, and holiday services are open to members of all faiths. We are proud to provide both morning and evening services as an opportunity to share uplifting spiritual support with fellow congregants. At all times, we respect and appreciate non-Jewish partners of members, and encourage them to participate in as much synagogue life as they choose. While only Jews may be called to the Torah, or lead certain parts of the services, there remain many opportunities for the non-Jewish family member to participate in meaningful ways, such as reading certain passages. Following the Hebrew service can be quite challenging for some Jews and for some non-Jews alike, so transliterations and explanations of services are available.

Learn with us
Congregation B’nai Israel is a place of learning for people of all ages. Enlightening and enriching learning opportunities are available for everyone. We are proud of the unparalleled educational experiences in our Religious School, and our adult education programs.

We’ll grieve with you
Our Chesed Committee works under the direction of our Clergy, providing assistance and emotional support to B’nai Israel congregational family members experiencing loss of a loved one. We guarantee respect and confidentiality.

Let’s get together to know you.
Social activities have been varied, from Shabbat potluck dinners at members’ homes, Sisterhood brunches, summer picnics, attendance at Mud Hens and Tiger baseball games, Mahj Jong nights, wine tastings, cantorial concerts, book reviews, weekly Shabbat Kiddush luncheons and more allowing informal interaction. Please check the website frequently for programs; feel free to contact any of the Synagogue officers or staff to express ideas for programs or social events.

Contact our Outreach Coordinator Rhoda Miller,, to receive a packet of informational materials. Membership Chair Fran Weinblatt will be happy to get in touch with you and provide more information on our synagogue family. We invite you to call us, send an e-mail, join one of our classes, attend our services, or schedule an appointment so that we can begin a dialogue, which we know will help you see how wonderful it can be to be part of our warm and caring community. We would love to have you as our guest for a Saturday morning service. Please call our office to make arrangements.