Name: Beth El Synagogue
Address: 5225 Barry St W, St Louis Park, MN 55416
Denominational affiliation: Conservative
Member units (households): 700+
What percentage of members are older than 50? We have a very diverse demographic. I would estimate a 50-50 split. Many young families are actively engaged who are not “formal” members - this demographic is growing.
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? 200
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? 3 hours Saturday morning. an hour and fifteen minutes Friday night
Shabbat dress code: Business
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? Yes
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? Yes, lunch every Shabbat
Language of service: Mostly Hebrew
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English
Children’s programming: We have programming on Shabbat morning for children ages 2 through b’nai mitzvah consisting of educational and social activities. We also a monthly young families service and weekly junior congregation for children 10-13.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Totally accessible - elevator in building and main sanctuary for access to bimah. , ramps throughout
Are services streamed online? Live stream services can be viewed here.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? Recent sermons can be viewed here.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? Small but growing group
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Rabbis do not officiate or attend
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? Fully egalitarian
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