Name: Congregation Shaarei Shamayim
Address: 900 University Bay Drive, Madison WI 53705-2249
Denominational affiliation: Reconstructionist
Member units (households): 100-200
What percentage of members are older than 50? 50%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? Approximately 30.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? Friday night is about an hour, Saturday morning is about 2 hours.
Shabbat dress code: Casual.
Daily services? No.
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? We share space with a Unitarian congregation.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? Yes.
Language of service: Mostly Hebrew, but with some English readings and kavanot (meditations).
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English.
Children’s programming: Yes - we have Tot Shabbat for 0-5 year-olds once a month, and 3 times a year we have intergenerational services that are part of our Hebrew school program. Many of our students attend the bnei mitzvah as well.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Yes. We have accessible bathrooms and a ramp, no steps to get up to the bimah (pulpit), listening assistance devices for people who are hard of hearing, a siddur with large print, and a disability coordinator if things come up.
Are services streamed online? No.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? The rabbi’s High Holiday sermons are available here.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? 50%
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.
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