Interfaith Households

Kol Rinah Welcomes Interfaith Households

Interfaith households are always welcome at Kol Rinah! We are proud that our congregation includes non-Jewish individuals who have chosen to share their lives and their spiritual journeys with Jewish partners. Our prayer services, our Early Childhood Center, our Religious School, and membership in our Sisterhood and Men’s Club are open to non-Jewish individuals and to interfaith households or families. Some of our most active congregants are Jews by choice, while others have not chosen to convert but still contribute to our community in important ways.

Our rabbi, Noah Arnow, spoke on the first day of Rosh Hashanah 5777 (2016) in which he emphasized that “we all know couples where one partner is Jewish. They are our children, our grandchildren, our siblings, our friends. And they
are us.”

Kol Rinah has an active Keruv program. “Keruv,” a Hebrew word meaning “to bring close” or “to draw near,” is an initiative sponsored by the Conservative Movement’s Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs that offers resources and programs for Conservative synagogues to welcome interfaith families and educate themselves about the roles non-Jews play in synagogue life. Our ongoing Keruv and Inclusion Committee is headed by Wendy Love Anderson, who is also our congregation’s official Keruv Consultant; she is happy to answer questions about interfaith outreach at Kol Rinah. The Committee is currently at work studying and discussing the sources behind questions about non-Jews who want to participate in Jewish ritual events, all the way back to the Second Temple. We hope to share the resulting policy suggestions with the Kol Rinah Ritual Committee, the Board of Trustees, and ultimately the synagogue as a whole in a “Lunch and Learn” format sometime in early May 2017.
We are also planning a keruv-themed class building on a dramatic reading of the Book of Ruth on Tuesday night, May 30th, the beginning of the Shavuot holiday. More details coming soon!

 

Our Early Childhood Center is open to children from
any religious background as long as they enjoy celebrating
Jewish holidays with us. Here are some ECC families
celebrating Shabbat in February 2017.