Name: Ahavath Beth Israel
Address: 11 N Latah St, Boise, ID 83706
Denominational affiliation: Reform and Conservative
Member units (households): 200-300
What percentage of members are older than 50? Unknown
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? Around 50 on Friday and 30 on Shabbos
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? Friday 2 hours, Shabbos 3 hours
Shabbat dress code: no dress code- ever
Daily services? Yes
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? Yes, we’ve owned the building since it was built in 1895.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? Yes. Oneg on Friday, Kiddush on Shabbos
Language of service: We use the Union’s Mishkan on Friday and the conservative Lev Shalem on Shabbos morning.
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English and Hebrew
Children’s programming: Monthly Tot Shabbat
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Yes, totally. We retrofitted an elevator into the shul. The new social hall is ADA
Are services streamed online? No.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? No.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? 65% - 75%
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Attend yes. Officiate, on a case-by-case basis.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? We are fiercely egalitarian. We have non-gendered language for aliyahs for binary members.
Don’t see your synagogue on our site? Fill out the survey here, and we’ll add it in the next regular update.