Name: Congregation Etz Chaim
Address: 147-19 73rd Avenue, Kew Gardens Hills, NY 11367
Denominational affiliation: Orthodox
Member units (households): 0-100
What percentage of members are older than 50? 70%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? We have about 100 for Shabbos morning, and 30 for Friday and Saturday evenings. Daily morning services we get about 15 men.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? 2.5 hours
Shabbat dress code: Men wear suits, most with ties; women in dresses, but if you come without a jacket or even in jeans, you are welcome.
Daily services? Daily Shacharis service
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? Most weeks, yes, we have a kiddush.
Language of service: Hebrew
Is another language offered in the prayer book? There are some bilingual English-Hebrew prayerbooks available
Children’s programming: Yes, we have programs for children too young to attend services, including prayer groups and story time, with a Mommy and Me component for the little ones. Older children join regular services.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Sanctuary is on the first floor, and secondary women’s section is ADA-compliant, but no elevator to other floors.
Are services streamed online? No
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? No
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? None
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? No
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? All prayers are led by men. Women cannot speak from the rabbi’s pulpit but can address the entire congregation otherwise. Women can serve in any position but rabbi and president.
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