Name: JCC Paramus
Address: 304 E Midland Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652
Denominational affiliation: Conservative
Member units (households): 300-500
What percentage of members are older than 50? 75% older than 50
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? Friday night - 30: Shabbat Morning - 85: Shabbat Afternoon - 15
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? Friday night - 45 minutes: Shabbat Morning - 2.5 hours: Shabbat Afternoon - 1 Hour
Shabbat dress code: No dress code. Having said that, most men are wearing suits, or jackets but not all. Most wear ties, but not all. Women mostly wear dresses/skirts. Some wear pants.
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- that is very big here!
Language of service: Mostly in Hebrew. We have produced a companion sidur with a full ( 100%) transliteration
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English
Children’s programming: Junior congregation. Occasional special programs. Very extensive services on the High Holidays.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Ramps for wheelchair access, including the Bimah. large print prayerbooks. We welcome aides, service animals, etc
Are services streamed online? No streaming.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? Some sermons available on-line
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? 5% - we are growing in this category each year.
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? No and no
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? That would take a lot of space to explain, but put simply, we run 2 Shabbat services and 2 holiday services each Shabbat And holiday. One is completely egalitarian and one is not.
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