Congregation B’nai Israel — Baton Rouge, LA

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Name: Congregation B’nai Israel
Address: 3354 Kleinert Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Denominational affiliation: Reform
Member units (households): 200-300
What percentage of members are older than 50? 60%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? 6 to 20 Friday, except for special services. 5 to 10 on Saturday morning.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? Friday night 1 hour; Saturday morning 2 1/2 hours.
Shabbat dress code: Friday night is dress casual. Slightly more casual on Saturday morning.
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, but informally. We no longer have regular onegs on Friday evenings.
Language of service: More English than Hebrew, on Friday in particular, but far more Hebrew than a few years ago. More Hebrew on Saturday morning.

Is another language offered in the prayer book? English.
Children’s programming: Not regularly.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: No.
Are services streamed online? No.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? No.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? For members below 50 or so, close to 80%.
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Yes.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? No, we are fully egalitarian.

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