Name: Central Synagogue-Beth Emeth
Address: 430 Demott Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Denominational affiliation: Reconstructionist and Reform (dual affiliation)
Member units (households): 300-500
What percentage of members are older than 50? Approximately 50%.
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? Friday average attendance is 30-40, Saturday morning average is 15-18.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? Friday night is about 1 hour; Shabbat morning around 2 hours.
Shabbat dress code: Informal.
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? Yes. Friday night we have a “Bet Kafe” gathering, and Saturday morning a short Kiddush.
Language of service: Mixture of Hebrew and English, with abundant English translations and commentaries.
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English.
Children’s programming: On the High Holidays. Throughout the year we have monthly family-oriented services, from Pajama Shabbat to Intergenerational Shabbat, to school services and others.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Entrance ramp from parking area and elevator in the building.
Are services streamed online? Not streaming yet, but our YouTube channel offers some of our meditations and services.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? Yes.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? “We do not inquire, but probably 30%.”
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Yes, one of our rabbis will.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? No, we are fully egalitarian.
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