Name: Temple Israel
Address: 1376 East Massey Road, Memphis, TN 38120-3299
Denominational affiliation: Reform
Member units (households): 700+
What percentage of members are older than 50? 65%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? 350 if there is no b’nai mitzvah
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? Friday night 1.3 hours. Saturday 2 hours
Shabbat dress code: Nice, casual
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? Yes
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? Not much
Language of service: Mostly English, use of Hebrew increasing
Is another language offered in the prayer book? Hebrew and English
Children’s programming: Tot Shabbat once a month for pre school. Lador V’dor once a month for whole family. Religious school as well.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Ramps, accessible parking, elevator, etc. Hearing devices available.
Are services streamed online? Yes, on website
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? Yes, on website
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? About 40%
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Yes to both — officiate only if the couple commits to maintaining a Jewish household and the non-Jewish spouse takes a basic Judaism course.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? No. 3/4 of our clergy are women.
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