Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation — Bethesda, MD

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Name: Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
Address: 7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817
Denominational affiliation: Reconstructionist
Member units (households): 300-500
What percentage of members are older than 50? Younger than 50? Approximately 60% over 50.
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? About 300 people on Shabbat mornings. We have occasional Friday night services.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? 2 hours and 45 minutes
Shabbat dress code: Business casual.
Daily services? No.
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? Yes, we have our own building.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? A weekly sit-down oneg lunch, provided by members on a rotating basis.
Language of service: Prayers are mostly in Hebrew. Torah discussion is held in English.
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English.
Children’s programming: Our religious school meets on Saturdays and has a minyan; we have frequent “tot Shabbat” services for small children.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Sanctuary, rest rooms, parking lot, office areas and social hall are all wheelchair-accessible. There is a wheelchair ramp to the Bimah. We have headsets for the hard-of-hearing, and large-print siddurim for people with limited vision.
Are services streamed online? Services are streamed and archived, but password-protected.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? Yes.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? We don’t have an official count. Maybe 20 percent.
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Yes and yes.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? No. We are fully egalitarian.

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