WELCOMING & DIVERSE SYNAGOGUES
“Every Jew needs to feel connected and every Jew needs to feel at home.”
Below is a list of many synagogues where Jewish multiracial families and Jewish people of color have personally attended, felt comfortable, and are now recommending to others. Some listings are from people who have recommended their own Synagogues/ Temples as being welcoming and inclusive of all Jews. The list is in order of movement & state abbrev. To have your synagogue/ temple listed, please send an email to: MochaJuden@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: The staff, the clergy, and the congregation of the synagogue/ temple may be evaluated anonymously before being added to this list.
Conservative Judaism (also known as “Historical Judaism” and “Masorti Judaism”) is a branch of Judaism that moderates between the traditional Orthodox and the progressive Reform branches. Conservative Jews claim it is possible to maintain traditional Jewish elements while continuing in moderated modernization.
Temple Beth israel (Independent, Egalitarian), Highland, CA
Temple Knesset Israel, Los Angeles, CA
Temple Beth Abraham , Oakland, CA
Congregation Beth Sholom, San Francisco, CA
Temple Beth Shalom (Reform Rabbi, Renewal Cantor), San Leandro, CA
Congregation Beth Ami, Santa Rosa, CA
Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA
Park Slope Jewish Center, Brooklyn, NY
Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, Bronx, NY
Temple Beth Shalom, Mahopac, NY
Town and Village Synagogue, NY, NY
Arden Heights Boulevard Jewish Center (Egalitarian Conservative), Etz Chaim, Staten Island, NY
Humanistic Judaism embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines the celebration of Jewish culture and identity with an adherence to humanistic values and ideas.
Reconstructionist Judaism is a progressive, contemporary approach to Jewish life that integrates a deep respect for traditional Judaism with the insights and ideas of contemporary social, intellectual and spiritual life.
Reform Judaism is the most liberal expression of modern Judaism. Reform Jews affirm the central tenets of Judaism while acknowledging a great diversity in Reform Jewish beliefs and practices.
Temple Beth El, Bakersfield, CA
Congregation Or Ami, Calabasas, CA
Beth Chayim Chadashim (House of New Life), Los Angeles, CA
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA
Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood, CA
Reform Temple of Forest Hills, Forest Hills, NY
Metropolitan Synagogue, NY, NY
Community Synagogue, Port Washington, NY
Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island , Staten Island, NY
Temple Beth Am, Yorktown Heights, NY
Jewish Renewal is a recent movement in Judaism which endeavors to reinvigorate modern Judaism with mystical, Hasidic, musical and meditative practices.
Orthodox Judaism believes that both the Written and Oral Torah are of divine origin, containing the exact words of God without any human influence.
B’nai Israel (Modern Orthodox), Baltimore, MD
Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Hebrew Congregation, Baltimore, MD
Magen David Sephardic Congregation-Beit Eliahu Synagogue (Modern Orthodox), Rockville, MD
Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob, Albany NY
Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Bronx, NY
Fleetwood Synagogue (Modern Orthodox), Mt. Vernon, NY
Chabad of Harlem, NY, NY
Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, NY, NY
Congregation Ramath Orah, NY, NY
Congregation Shearith Israel-The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, NY, NY
Mount Sinai Jewish Center of Washington Heights, NY, NY
El Centro de Estudios Judios Torat Emet, c/o Lincoln Park Jewish Center, Yonkers NY
Lincoln Park Jewish Center (Modern Orthodox), Yonkers, NY
Kehillat Yedidya (Modern Orthodox), Baka, Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Kehillat Shira Hadasha (Halakhic Egalitarian), Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Ramat Chen, Ramat Gan, ISRAEL
Yakar – Ctr for Tradition & Creativity, Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, ISRAEL
Jews, congregations and educational institutions that reject conventional denominations. They are not aligned with Orthodoxy, Conservatism, Reform, Renewal, or Reconstructionism.
Kolot Chayeinu, Brooklyn, NY
Temple Beth-El (Shul by the Sea) City Island, NY
Congregation B’Nai Jeshurun, NY, NY
Fort Tryon Jewish Center, NY, NY
Kaballah Center of New York, NY, NY
Pleasantville Community Synagogue, Pleasantville, NY
Congregation Tehillah, Riverdale, NY
Kehillat Lev Shalem •Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Woodstock, NY
How lovely are your tents, O Jacob, Your dwelling places, O Israel. In your abundant lovingkindness, O Gd, let me enter Your house, reverently to worship in Your holy temple.
May the door to this synagogue be wide enough
to receive all who hunger for love,
all who are lonely for fellowship.
May it welcome all who have cares to unburden,
thanks to express, hopes to nurture.
May the door of this synagogue be narrow enough
to shut out pettiness and pride, envy and enmity.
May its threshold be no stumbling block
to young or straying feet.
May it be too high to admit complacency,
selfishness and harshness.
May this synagogue be, for all who enter,
young and old, the doorway to a richer
and more meaningful life
–The Siddur for Reform Jewish Prayer
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brothers to dwell together in unity.”
“olam echad, Hashem echad, ha’am echad”
(one world, one G!d, one people)
“It is not your responsibility to finish the work [of perfecting the world], but you are not free to desist from it either.” Rabbi Tarfon, Pirke Avot 2:21.