385 Ward Street Newton Centre MA 02459-1263
Member units (households):
What percentage of members are older than 50?
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service?
Usually 150-200 Friday night, 350-500 Saturday morning.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service?
2 1/2 hours Saturday morning, 1 hour Friday night
Shabbat dress code:
Daily minyan mornings and evenings every day, usually drawing 20-25 people.
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! Oneg Friday night with food and drink, ample kiddush on Saturday, and a friendly breakfast after morning minyan Sunday-Friday
Language of service:
Mostly in Hebrew
Is another language offered in the prayer book?
Prayer books are English and Hebrew.
Most Saturdays there is a professional-led children’s service and a separate tot Shabbat. Sometimes there is a lay led service mostly by and for middle school age kids and families.
Accessibility for people with disabilities:
Strong commitment to accessibility with ramps, audio assist devices, fidgets, large print books, quiet room and a guide to accessibility resources at every seat.
Are services streamed online?
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online?
Sermon texts are online here
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages?
Probably around 20%, higher among younger members.
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one?
Would like to officiate but can’t yet due to USCJ/RA rules. Probably would attend.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue?
Fully egalitarian without limits or conditions.
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