Name: Temple Emanu-El
Address: 100 James St, Edison, NJ 08820
Denominational affiliation: Reform
Member units (households): 200-300
What percentage of members are older than 50? 45%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? 50-100 on Friday, 10-20 on Saturday, no daily.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? 1-1.5 hours
Shabbat dress code: Casual to business
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? Yes
Language of service: Mostly Hebrew, some English.
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English.
Children’s programming: Yes. Children are welcome at all services. Half of Friday night services are family-oriented, once a month we have Tot shabbat services earlier, and at Shabbat morning services, though adult-oriented, children are usually playing in the front row.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Yes. Hearing aids, and bimah is wheelchair accessible, complete with an accessible Torah reading table.
Are services streamed online? Working on it. davidvaisberg.com
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? No
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? 10-20%
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Will attend. Will do interfaith pre-marital counseling. Will not officiate.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? We are a highly diverse community when it comes to race, ethnic backgrounds, where you are on the gender/sexuality spectrum, denominational/religious backgrounds. Our clergy are foreign born. People of all kinds really do feel welcome when they walk in, and wanted back when they head home.
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