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 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. Changing tables are provided in both the women’s’ and men’s’ restrooms.

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. Our RSIP goal: 100% of  membership to productively participate in all religious, educational, and social aspects of the synagogue community, to be achieved through:

1. Surveys and other research methods to discover members’ needs so they may be fully included in all facets of synagogue life.

2. Serving as advocates for synagogue members by bringing feedback to synagogue leadership, and to aid in implementing accommodations when appropriate.

3. Educating members on all available synagogue support tools.

Above: (L) Nancy Fichman, grant committee chair, (R) Mr. Jay Ruderman, founder, Ruderman Family Inclusion Action Community Grant. USCJ NYC conference Feb. 2015.

Ten Commandments of Inclusion: “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 provide:

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

Priority seating in Main Sanctuary for those with wheelchairs, walkers or strollers

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

Wheelchair-accessible restrooms on the main level

Changing tables in women’s and men’s restrooms

A 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 upgraded lighting

Open seating to allow congregants to find the best spot for participation and engagement.

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

Please Email Beth Katten, Chairperson of the Inclusion Committee