Interfaith couples and families may wonder how they can be part of the Jewish community. They may ask “will my spouse or partner be accepted by others in the community?”, “how will he or she be able to participate in services and communal life?”, or “when my son or daughter is born, becomes Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or weds will our relatives of other faiths be involved in the service?” In summary, will we as a family feel welcome in this synagogue. The answer to all of these questions is yes.
Actions speak louder than words. We want everyone in the family to be active within our synagogue community. We encourage the Jewish and non-Jewish spouse or partner to explore Jewish tradition through our programs and Sabbath services, to join a committee that interests you, or to join Men’s Club and Sisterhood. The children are welcome at our outstanding Hebrew School and youth groups. We offer lectures to parents on creating a Jewish home, the meaning of Jewish holidays, our connection to Israel and meditation. We also have adult social events like wine and cheese parties, comedy nights, art auctions and our annual dinner dance which provide an opportunity to mix and mingle in a social setting. Adults and children alike enjoy going to local ballgames, picnics and BBQs with the larger Staten Island Jewish community. There is a strong emphasis on doing good deeds individually and communally and we collect food for the local COJO Kosher Food Pantry.
Our goal is to build a sacred community that is inclusive and rooted in our Jewish tradition. We understand that not everyone in our community is Jewish. We can, however, all come together to celebrate the Sabbath, holidays, social outings and lifecycle events that honor our culture, recognize the importance of communal life and give our children roots and wings.
Please come for a tour of our synagogue and Hebrew School. We would also be happy to have you talk with an interfaith family from our congregation. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718.981.5550.
To learn more about Keruv/Understanding Intermarriage with information provided by the Federation of Jewish Men’s Club click here: http://fjmc.org/content/keruv-understanding-intermarriage.