My spouse/partner is Jewish and I am not – will I be welcome at Temple Beth El?
Without hesitation, the answer is yes. Temple Beth El has a long history of welcoming interfaith families. Many of our members are part of an interfaith family, whether they are married/partnered with a non-Jewish spouse, were raised by interfaith parents, or have siblings and children who are intermarried. It’s part of the rich diversity of today’s Jewish life. Here at Temple Beth El we embrace and welcome it. Our Rabbi is available to answer your questions, and we hope you will take the opportunity to reach out to him.
If we join Temple Beth El, will a non-Jewish partner be considered a full member?
When a family or a couple joins Temple Beth El, all immediate family members are considered full members. We encourage everyone to participate fully in all aspects of Temple life.
As the non-Jewish parent in an interfaith family, will I be able to participate in our child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
Participation in your child’s bar or bat mitzvah is one of the most meaningful aspects of synagogue life and Temple Beth El is sure to include the entire family in the celebration of this event. While there are some aspects of Jewish ritual life reserved for Jews to fulfill, all parents and family members will have an opportunity to participate in a meaningful way. Rabbi David will be happy to discuss this with you in greater detail.
Will I ever be pressured to convert to Judaism?
The Jewish community takes delight in welcoming those who choose to embrace Judaism as their own religion. Our sages, however, have made it very clear a conversion is not valid if it results from any pressure or coercion. You are welcome in the synagogue as a friend of the Jewish people. You do not have to convert. If, however, you are interested in pursuing a journey toward conversion, our Rabbi is here to serve as your guide.