Name: Columbia Jewish Congregation
Address: 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045
Denominational affiliation: Reconstructionist
Member units (households): 200-300
What percentage of members are older than 50? 45%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? 20-30 Friday and Saturday.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? Friday is about 90 minutes; Saturday is about 2 1/2 hours.
Shabbat dress code: Ranges from very casual to suits and ties/dresses.
Daily services? No.
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? We are part of the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center. We share space with four other congregations of varying faiths.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? Yes, we have an Oneg Shabbat Friday evenings and a Kiddush on Saturdays.
Language of service: Mix of English and Hebrew.
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English
Children’s programming: We have one service a month for families with children under age 7. We have TOT services and Junior Congregation for High Holy Days only. We have a L’Dor V’Dor service with children monthly during the school year.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: The interfaith center is wheelchair accessible and we have a ramp to access the bimah.
Are services streamed online? No.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? The Rabbi’s sermons from High Holy Days are online.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? About 12%
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? The rabbi will not officiate an interfaith wedding, but our cantor performs interfaith weddings.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? No, we are fully egalitarian.
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