Name: Congregation Kol Emeth
Address: 4175 Manuela Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Denominational affiliation: Conservative
Member units (households): 500-700
What percentage of members are older than 50? 50%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? A couple hundred on Shabbat morning.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? 3 hours
Shabbat dress code: California casual but modest
Daily services? There is an evening minyan every night except Saturday, and morning minyan on Sunday, Thursday and Rosh Chodesh
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? Yes
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? Yes, although it is curtailed when we meet at the JCC
Language of service: Mostly Hebrew, a little English.
Is another language offered in the prayer book? A few Ladino songs
Children’s programming: Several for several age groups, including some led by teenagers
Accessibility for people with disabilities: The new one will be. One reason we are rebuilding is that the bimah was hazardous to older congregants and the portable ramp was warped and too small. We have some large type siddurs. There are no epilepsy-triggers (e.g. flashing lights) but kiddush can be hard on the easily overwhelmed.
Are services streamed online? No streaming
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? Sermons on the shul website.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? No more than 10%, if that
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Officiate no, attend maybe
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? We used to have only male cohanim duchen but that changed a few years ago
An independent minded community of over 300 families in the heart of Palo Alto.
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The Firebird Dance Theatre dancers soared on stage last month at a benefit performance at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, Calif., in celebration of the company and school’s 20th anniversary. With a 21-part program featuring Firebird’s signature fusion of modern, folk, lyrical, ballet and ballroom styles, dancers ranging in age from 3 to 26 joyfully honored the memory of founder and original artistic director, Roza Lysaya, who died in a car accident 12 years ago.