Name: SAJ: Judaism that Stands for All
Address: 15 West 86th Street New York, New York 10024
Denominational affiliation: Reconstructionist
Member units (households): 200-300
What percentage of members are older than 50? 60% over 50
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? Saturday mornings: between 45-70 regularly; Friday night we have rotating programming with different numbers.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? 2.5 hours on Saturday morning
Shabbat dress code: Casual, wear what you want. The dress varies from jeans to suits, whatever makes you feel comfortable in synagogue.
Daily services? No.
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? Every week, there is a full kiddush lunch and socializing.
Language of service: The service is primarily in Hebrew but does have some English poetry, kavannot and guided meditations led by the rabbi.
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English
Children’s programming: Every week of the academic year, we have a program called “Pela” for ages 0-4. We hold our weekly Makom educational program for grades K-8 on Saturday mornings, from 10:30am-12:30pm. For grades 4-6, there is a 45 minute service. All students and families join the congregation once a month from 12pm-12:30pm for a “Community Shir” where people from ages 1-91 do a giant, joyous sing-a-long.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Yes, we have a wheelchair lift, and offer hearing devices to aid those hard of hearing.
Are services streamed online? No streaming as of yet, but looking into changing this soon.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? Yes, available here.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? 35% and growing.
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Yes, rabbi officiates at interfaith weddings when there is a joint commitment to having a Jewish household and family. Rabbi does not co-officiate with clergy of other faiths.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? We are fully egalitarian with no distinctions between roles for men and women. We have a female rabbi, female cantor and female education director.
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