interfaith keruv


Interfaith Families Are Always Welcome at Kol Rinah Synagogue

Kol Rinah Synagogue is a vibrant, inclusive congregation that invites members of all backgrounds to participate in our community.

Keruv (which means to come closer), spearheaded by the Federation of Jewish Men’s Club, was formed to answer the needs of interfaith couples and families, and, in the words of the Torah, to “welcome you into the tent.”

If you are an interfaith couple or family and would like to learn more about interfaith outreach at Kol Rinah, please contact our Keruv Consultant Wendy Love Anderson.

Your Family is Invited to Worship With Us
We welcome ALL family members to worship at all services.
Weekday, Shabbat, and Holiday services are open to members of all faiths.

As a couple affiliated with Kol Rinah, we welcome you to participate in our Torah service and the following honors:
Being called to our bimah (pulpit) to participate in family life cycle events: Baby naming, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, graduation, birthday, anniversary

Readings from the bimah:
Prayer for our country, Prayer for Peace, Prayer for State of Israel in Hebrew or in English.

Brit Milah and Naming Conventions
Brit Milah (ritual circumcision) is the rite through which a baby boy is welcomed into the Jewish community and at which he receives his Hebrew name. Rabbi Arnow would be happy to assist in the planning and participate in the celebration of this most meaningful ceremony.

Upon the birth of a daughter, the Rabbi will be delighted to discuss the options for a naming ceremony in the synagogue or in the home.

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is an important rite of passage, as a Jewish child becomes a Jewish adult. We afford opportunities to all family members to participate in the service. During the service, both parents will be invited to come to the bimah (pulpit), and both parents may stand before the Ark to share a blessing with their child.

The union of a couple is always a celebratory event. Rabbi Arnow will be happy to meet with all couples contemplating marriage and discuss opportunities for involvement in the synagogue.

Please be aware that Rabbis of the Conservative movement are only permitted to officiate at the marriage of two members of the Jewish faith. However, this only applies to the wedding ceremony itself. Before and after the ceremony, the Rabbi hopes to be part of your family life. We are here to help you create your Jewish home, filled with love, celebration and learning.

In the event that a non-Jewish spouse affiliated with our congregation loses a loved one, Rabbi Arnow would be available for comfort and support. Judaism offers much in the way of mourning practices. Many Jewish traditions are universal in their ability to provide comfort at a time of loss. The Rabbi is available to discuss rituals and observances that may be helpful in a time of mourning.

Jewish Education
One need not be Jewish to take advantage of the many educational opportunities offered by the synagogue. Everyone is welcome to our adult education programs and classes. A child need not be Jewish to attend our Early Childhood Educational Center. Children of interfaith couples may be enrolled in our Kol Rinah Religious School, provided that the child is Jewish or that there is an intent to have the child converted to Judaism.

Synagogue Participation
Kol Rinah welcomes the participation of everyone in synagogue activities. Both Jewish and non-Jewish spouses are invited to join our Sisterhood and Men’s Club and are welcome to serve and participate in numerous programs and congregational committees.

Dorways (Young Family Programs)
Connecting young families to our congregation is the goal of the Mishpacha Program. This program is geared for families with children age 6 and under, allowing these members to get to know each other in a friendly and casual setting. Events and services are scheduled throughout the year to coincide with holidays and Shabbat.