My house shall be a house of prayer for all peoples.
Ahavat ger, welcoming the stranger, is among the most important tenets of Reform Judaism and here at Temple Beth-El, as well. We welcome Jews from all backgrounds and all are welcome at Temple Beth-El. We strive to serve the needs of singles and families, Jews of all races, cultures and sexual orientations, as well as Jews-by-Choice and interfaith families.
While the definition of Outreach is continuously evolving, so is our congregation. Our congregation reflects the rich diversity that is Jewish life in America today. A significant number of our members are in interfaith marriages, are Jews-by-Choice, have children who have intermarried, or were raised by interfaith parents. Many of Temple Beth-El's members, who are not involved in an interfaith marriage themselves, deal with interfaith issues in their extended families, especially as they are planning life-cycle events.
Outreach is part of our temple's guidelines. We welcome everyone into our congregation, and invite and respect choices. We do this through programming, events, socializing, and friendship.
We welcome interfaith families to explore Judaism and encourage you to be part of congregational life. Temple Beth-El is a family, and you are part of that family, too. We want everyone to feel comfortable and welcome at services, at events, in the halls, at committee meetings, always. We welcome your voice.
- We welcome non-traditional families. We are sensitive to the changing world and recognize that family means many things to many people. We can share stories, successes, struggles and friendship.
- We are here for Jews-by-Choice as they integrate into the Jewish community and the temple.
- We work alongside our clergy as Jews-by-choice discover new journeys.We are here to assist people in strengthening their Jewish identity.
- We are responsible, along with our clergy and lay leaders, in sensitizing our congregation to the needs and concerns of interfaith and non-traditional families.