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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.

Hollywood Temple Beth El (Egalitarian), Los Angeles, CA
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

Adas Israel, Washington, DC
Tifereth Israel Synagogue (Egalitarian), Washington, DC

Anshe Emet, Chicago, IL
Congregation Kneseth Israel, Elgin, IL
B’nai Yehuda Beth Shalom, Homewood, IL
Congregation Am Echad  (Egalitarian), Homewood, IL
West Suburban Temple Har Zion, River Forest, IL

Beth Shalom, Frederick, MD
Congregation Har Shalom, Potomac, MD
Kol Shalom, Rockville, MD

Congregation Beth Shalom, Oak Park, MI

Congregation Adath Jeshrun, Minneapolis, MN

Beth David Synagogue, Greensboro, NC
Beth Israel, Ashville, NC

United Synagogue of Hoboken, Hoboken, NJ
B’nai Shalom, West Orange, NJ

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

Congregation Tifereth Israel, Columbus, OH
Northern Hills Synagogue-B’nai Avraham, Cincinnati, OH

Congregation Beth Tikvah Bnai Jeshurun, Erdenheim, PA
Germantown Jewish Centre, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA

Congregation Brith Shalom, Bellaire, TX
Congregation Or Ami, Houston, TX

Congregation Etz Hayim, Arlington, VA

Beth Israel Center  (Tradition, Egalitarian Conservative), Madison, WI


Humanistic Judaism embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines the celebration of Jewish culture and identity with an adherence to humanistic values and ideas.

City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, NY, NY

Jewish Children’s Folkshul and Adults Community, Philadelphia, PA

Machar, The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism, Washington, DC

Jewish Secular Congregaton of Ashville, Asheville, NC


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.

Shir Hadash Reconstructionist, Wheeling, IL

Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, West Roxbury, MA

Adat Shalom, Bethesda, MD

Kehillah Synagogue, Chapel Hill, NC

B’nai Keshet Reconstructionist Synagogue, Montclair, NJ

SAJ-Society for the Advancement of Judaism, Upper West Side Manhattan, NY

West End Synagogue, New York, NY
Bet Am Shalom, White Plains, NY

Leyv Ha-Ir, Philadelphia, PA
Kol Tzedek, West Philadelphia Synagogue, Philadelphia, PA
Mishkan Shalom, Philadelphia, PA

Congregation Shir Hadash, Milwaukee, WI


Congregation Darchei Noam, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA


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

Temple Beth El, Boca Raton, FL
Congregation Eitz Chaim, Port Saint Lucie, FL
Congregation B’nai Emmunah, Torpon Springs, FL

Temple Anshe Sholom, Olympia Fields, IL
Congregation Bene Shalom, Skokie, IL

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis, IN

Temple Israel, Boston, MA
Temple Sinai, Brookline, MA

Falmouth Jewish Congregation, Cape Cod, Falmouth, MA

Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD

Bet Ha’im, South Portland, ME
Congregation Beth El, Bangor, ME

Shir Tikvah, Minneapolis, MN

Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis, MO
Temple Beth Jacobs, Concord, NH

Temple Beth Or, Brick, NJ
Temple B’nai Shalom, New Brunswick, NJ
Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange, NJ

Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek, Brooklyn, NY
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

Temple Tifereth Israel, Beachwood, OH
Temple Beth Shalom, New Albany, OH
Congregation Beth Tikvah, Worthington, OH

Temple Anshe Hesed, Erie PA
Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, Lancaster, PA
Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen, PA
Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia, PA

Temple Shalom, Dallas TX
Temple Beth Torah, Houston, TX

Agudath Sholom Congregation, Lynchburg, VA
Beth Ahaba, Richmon, VA
Congregation Or Ami, Richmond, VA


Temple Beth Ora, Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Shalom, Montreal, QUE, CANADA

Southhampton Progressive Synagogue, London, UNITED KINGDOM

Renewal (Jewish Renewal – JR)

Jewish Renewal is a recent movement in Judaism which endeavors to reinvigorate modern Judaism with mystical, Hasidic, musical and meditative practices.

Kehilla Community Synagogue,  Piedmont, CA

Kol Hai: Hudson Valley Jewish Renewal, New Paltz, NY
Romemu, Upper Westside, NY, NY

Traditional/ Orthodox

Orthodox Judaism believes that both the Written and Oral Torah are of divine origin, containing the exact words of God without any human influence.

Chabad of Flagstaff, Flagstaff, AZ

Chabad of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Knesseth Israel Congregation, Birmingham, AL

B’nai David-Judea Congregation (Mordern Orthodox), Los Angeles, CA
Beth Jacob Congregation, Oakland, CA

Kesher Israel (Modern Orthodox), Georgetown Synagogue, Washington, DC
Ohev Sholom-National Synagogue, Washington, DC

Ohel Shalom Torah Center, Chicago, IL

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

Bais Abraham Congregation (Modern Orthodox), St. Louis, MO

Chabad of Cary, Cary, NC

 Congregation Mt. Sinai, Jersey City, NJ
Congregation Anshe Chesed, Linden, NJ
Congregation B’nai Yeshurun (Modern Orthodox), Teaneck, NJ

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

Chabad Lubavitch of Montgomery County, Fort Washington, PA
Mikveh Israel, Philadelphia, PA

Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath Congregation (BCMH), Seattle, WA
Chabad of Pierce County of Tacoma, Tacoma, WA


Adath Shalom, 8 rue George Bernard Shaw (near to the Eiffel Tower) +33(0)1 45679796, 75015 Paris, FRANCE

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

Bevis Marks Synagogue,  London, UNITED KINGDOM
New West End Synagogue, London, UNITED KINGDOM

Unaffiliated or Multi-Denominational

Jews, congregations and educational institutions that reject conventional denominations. They are not aligned with Orthodoxy, Conservatism, Reform, Renewal, or Reconstructionism.

IKAR, Los Angeles, CA
Nashuva, Los Angeles, CA

Beit Mishpachah, Egalitarian, Washington, DC
Fabrangen, Egalitarian, Washington, DC
Sixth & I, Multi-Denominational, Washington, DC
Tikkun Leil Shabbat, Egalitarian, Washington, DC

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

Fabrangen West, Egalitarian, Vienna, VA

On-line Communities

OneShul, Post-denominational, Egalitarian
Sim Shalom, Jewish Universalist


Article: Tablet Magazine featuring MochaJuden.com: Synagogues Need To Welcome And Celebrate Jewish Diversity

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.

Welcoming & Diverse Synagogue List developed 2003 – 2017 by Shirley Gindler-Price aka MochaJuden.

12 Responses to “Welcoming & Diverse Synagogues”

  • Please tell me the best Synagogues for multiracial,
    multicultural families to attend services/ become
    members in Seattle, Washington?

    • Editor:

      We would be happy to recommend a few synagogues for multiracial families in Seattle. However, since you did not specify a particular branch of Judaism, we are going to refer you to Big Tent Judaism. There, you will find a listing of different synagogues in the Seattle area that may meet yours and your family’s needs. The Best!

  • Natasha:

    Has anyone found a temple in the Riverside, Ca area that is very welcoming?

    • Editor:

      We’ve checked with Big Tent Judaism. The organizations that are part of their Big Tent Judaism Coalition strive to create an inclusive and welcoming Jewish community. Here is a link to synagogues in California.

  • Dawne:

    Is there a multi-racial, cultural synagogue in Maryland, DC, or Va?

    • Editor:

      We’ve checked with Big Tent Judaism. The organizations that are part of their Big Tent Judaism Coalition strive to create an inclusive and welcoming Jewish community. Please follow this link.

  • Stephanie Lilly:

    Has anyone found a temple in the Dallas, Texas area that is very welcoming?

  • Nonna Mynatt:

    Please add Congregation Bene Shalom temple Skokie IL to your list.
    This is the best place for multi-racial, multicultural families. Also, if you have a hearing impaired person in your family this is the temple to attend: all services are translated into American Sign languge.

    Congregation Bene Shalom, Skokie, IL

    Nonna Mynatt

  • Wendy Robins:

    Please consider adding to your list two Conservative synagogues where I have experienced welcoming environments for multi-racial, multi-cultural families and individuals:
    Congregation Beth Shalom, Oak Park, MI
    Temple Knesset Israel, Los Angeles, CA

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