Name: Congregation B’nai Shalom
Address: 74 Eckley Ln, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Denominational affiliation: Conservative
Member units (households): 300-500
What percentage of members are older than 50? 60%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? 20 Friday; 75-100 Saturday
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? 1 hour Friday, 2.5 hours Saturday morning
Shabbat dress code: Business/Business casual
Daily services? Yes.
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. Weekly kiddush lunch.
Language of service: Mostly Hebrew
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English.
Children’s programming: The second Friday afternoon of every month is ‘Family Shabbat,’ with about 100 attendees, followed by Shabbat dinner.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Ramps, audio devices, and magnifiers are available.
Are services streamed online? Yes, available here.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? No.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? 35%
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? “Our clergy is welcoming to interfaith couples. The rabbi would be open to performing interfaith weddings if the Conservative movement adopts new policies.”
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? No, we are fully egalitarian.
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