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:
(L) Nancy Fichman, grant committee chair, (R) Mr. Jay Ruderman, founder, Ruderman Family Inclusion Action Community Grant. USCJ NYC conference Feb. 2015.
Our RSIP goal: 100% of 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 members’ needs in order to 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 / updating synagogue members on all available synagogue support tools.
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 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! Questions? Please Email Beth Katten, Chairperson of the Inclusion Committee