Name: Congregation Beth Israel
Address: 425 Summit Drive Greenville, SC 29609
Denominational affiliation: Conservative
Member units (households): 100-200
What percentage of members are older than 50? 70%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? Typically, 35 on Friday evenings and 35 on Saturday mornings.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? Friday evening services typically last an hour with an oneg to follow. Saturday morning services are 2 hours long.
Shabbat dress code: Casual but respectful.
Daily services? No.
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? Yes, we jhave our own building and have been officially incorporated as a congregation in the State of South Carolina since June of 1916. Our current synagogue structure was built in 1958 on five acres in the beautiful North Main district.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? There is a full lunch following every Shabbat morning service.
Language of service: Mostly Hebrew.
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English
Children’s programming: Monthly Shabbat Morning family service, and a monthly tot Shabbat Friday evening service.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Yes. We are on one level and have easy ramp access in front.
Are services streamed online? No.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? No.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? 30-40%
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? According to the Rabbinical Assembly guidelines, our rabbi is not permitted to officiate interfaith weddings.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? We have been 100% egalitarian for decades. Men and women serve all the same functions and bear all the same obligations.
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