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The Emanuel Synagogue Congregation is Inclusive
– Intermarriage: We fully support the participation of those wishing to nourish a Jewish family identity. We greatly appreciate the role of spouses and partners of different backgrounds, and make every effort to warmly include them in the synagogue community. School-age children of intermarried couples are welcome in our religious school, and the non-Jewish parent is encouraged to participate.
To become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at The Emanuel, children must have a Jewish mother or have had a traditional conversion, and RabbiSmall welcomes discussion about conversion. Extended family of intermarried couples are encouraged to take active roles in life cycle events, synagogue programs, as well as receive pastoral support from our clergy.
– Family-Friendly Congregation: Parents may bring children into the sanctuary. Changing tables are provided in both the women’s and men’s restrooms.
– Singles and single parent families: Our synagogue community welcomes singles, both with and without children.
– Children and adults with special needs The Emanuel supports an environment for both children and adults with special needs. An example of this is our award-winning resource room is a key component of our religious school.
– Physically challenged We aim to provide full access for All, making efforts to remove obstacles to participation, as described in our commitment to the Ruderman Inclusion Initiative below:
The Ruderman Inclusion Initiative
The Emanuel Synagogue was selected to participate in the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project (RSIP) to develop and implement greater inclusion in all aspects of synagogue life. Our goal is to enable 100% of our membership to productively participate in all religious, educational, and social aspects of the synagogue community, through:
1. Surveys and other appropriate research methods to discover what members need in order to be fully included in all facets of synagogue life.
2. Serving as advocates for synagogue members’ needs by bringing feedback to synagogue leadership, and assist with implementing accommodations when appropriate.
3. Educating and updating synagogue members on all available synagogue support tools.
(L) Nancy Fichman, grant committee chair, (R) Mr. Jay Ruderman, founder, Ruderman Family Inclusion Action Community Grant. USCJ NYC conference Feb. 2015.
Emanuel Synagogue’s Beth Katten (with Rabbi Small at USCJ conference, Schaumberg IL, Nov.16, 2015) chairs The Emanuel Inclusion Committee, and works with USCJ to develop a comprehensive inclusion vision and action plan for the congregation
Ten Commandments of Inclusion access at The Emanuel Synagogue
“My house shall be a house of worship for all people” (Isaiah 7:2)
We will create a supportive and accepting environment at The Emanuel Synagogue to fully include all members
In keeping with this commitment, we offer:
• Priority handicapped parking spaces in our main parking lot • Curb cuts and ramps for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers in the front entrance and level access in our back entrance • Powered doors at front and back entrances • Priority seating in Main Sanctuary for those with wheelchairs, walkers or strollers • Level access in our main lobbies, corridors, Sanctuary, Social Halls and patios • A permanent ramp adjacent to the Main Sanctuary bimah (stage) allowing access for wheelchairs and walkers • Wheelchair-accessible restrooms on the main level • Changing tables in women’s and men’s restrooms • State-of-the-art sound system in the main sanctuary and auditoriums • Headsets for the hearing impaired • Large print prayer books available in the Main Sanctuary and Chapel • Upgraded lighting • Open seating to allows congregants to find the best spot for participation and engagement .
Need Assistance? Just ask our ushers and greeters, they are here to help! Questions? Please Email Beth Katten, Chairperson of the Inclusion Committee