Our Inclusive Community

We fully support the participation of those wishing to nourish a Jewish 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 been born from a Jewish mother or have had a traditional conversion. Rabbi Small welcomes discussion about conversion. Extended family of intermarried couples are encouraged to take active roles in life cycle events, synagogue programs, and to receive pastoral support from our clergy.

Families of All Kinds

Family-Friendly Congregation: Parents may bring children into the sanctuary.

Individual and Single Parent families: Our synagogue community welcomes singles, both with and without children.

LGBTQ Friendly: (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning): We welcome people of all sexual orientations. Click for our LGBTQ equality statement.

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 synagogue life.

Ten Commandments of Inclusion: “My house shall be a house of worship for all people” (Isaiah 7:2)

We are committed to creating a supportive and accepting environment at The Emanuel Synagogue, to fully include all members and guests.

In keeping with this commitment, we provide:

  • Wheelchair-accessible restrooms on the main level
  • Easily accessible changing tables
  • Priority handicapped parking spaces in our lot
  • Curb cuts and ramps for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers in the front entrance
  • Powered doors at front and back entrances
  • Open seating to allow congregants to find the best spot for participation and engagement, including priority seating for those with wheelchairs, walkers or strollers in the Main Sanctuary
  • Level access through our back entrance, main lobbies, corridors, Sanctuary, Social Halls and patios
  • A permanent ramp adjacent to the Main Sanctuary bimah for wheelchairs and walkers
  • A state-of-the-art sound system in the main sanctuary and auditoriums, with headsets available for the hearing impaired
  • Large print prayer books available in the Main Sanctuary, and upgraded lighting

Need Assistance?

Just ask our ushers and greeters, they are here to help!


Please Email Beth Katten, Chairperson of the Inclusion Committee.