“People were yelling at us for being Jews, and for not being Jews the way they want us to be Jews.”
Name: Congregation Anshei Israel
Address: 5550 East 5th Street, Tucson, AZ 85711
Denominational affiliation: Conservative
Member units (households): 500-700
What percentage of members are older than 50? Unknown
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? 125-150 people Friday night and Saturday
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? 3 hours
Shabbat dress code: Business casual to formal
Daily services? Yes
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
Language of service: Hebrew
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English
Children’s programming: Yes, different services depending upon age group
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Yes. Accessible bathrooms, ramp up to bimah
Are services streamed online? No
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? No
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? Unknown
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Everyone is equal
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? Everyone is equal.
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