Name: Kol Haskalah
Address: Murphey Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Denominational affiliation: Humanistic
Member units (households): 0-100
What percentage of members are older than 50? 50%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? We don’t have regular Shabbat services.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? N/A
Shabbat dress code: N/A
Daily services? No
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? No, we meet in a college campus building for Sunday school; we rent space at a local Unitarian church for holidays.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? Yes
Language of service: Mostly English with some Hebrew.
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English is offered. Because we are a non-theistic congregation, we don’t have a traditional prayer book, but use modified prayers from the Society for Humanistic Judaism.
Children’s programming: Yes, we have an active Sunday school program (pre-K through B’nai Mitzvah) where children learn about Jewish history, culture, customs, and values; and holiday celebrations during the school year. We also run family-friendly services during the High Holidays.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Yes
Are services streamed online? No
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? We do not have a rabbi; we are a lay-led congregation.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? Estimated at ~60%
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? We do not have a rabbi. Our congregation is fully accepting of interfaith marriages, and membership is open to all. Humanistic Jewish Rabbis in other congregations absolutely will officiate at an interfaith wedding.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? No, we are fully egalitarian.
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