Machar, the Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism
P.O. Box 42014 Washington, DC 20015-0614
Member units (households):
What percentage of members are older than 50?
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service?
About 40. Saturday evening.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service?
Shabbat dress code:
No formal dress code; most dress business casual.
No daily services.
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services?
No building. We use a large Unitarian church for larger events.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services?
Language of service:
Mostly English. Some Yiddish at times.
Is another language offered in the prayer book?
For High Holidays there is a family service that parents and children attend, but the material is geared toward children. Most Shabbat services are adjusted accordingly to reflect the age ranges of attendees.
Accessibility for people with disabilities:
We use ADA-compliant buildings and avoid putting events in rooms that might be inaccessible to wheelchairs. We don’t have access to hearing assistance devices or braille materials. We are actively working on inclusion work for our school.
Are services streamed online?
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online?
Some sermons are available on the rabbi’s personal blog.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages?
At least 30%; we don’t track this, as we regard any family that joins as a family, without respect to the religious backgrounds of the spouses.
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one?
Yes - and regularly does. Yes, will attend.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? There are no distinct roles. All may serve in whatever capacity they choose.
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