WELCOMING & DIVERSE SYNAGOGUES

“Every Jew needs to feel connected and every Jew needs to feel at home.”

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Below is a list of synagogues where we as Jewish multiracial families and Jewish people of color have personally attended, felt comfortable, and are now recommending to others.

Conservative

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.

Adath Israel of Riverdale, Bronx, NY
Arden Heights Boulevard Jewish Center, Etz Chaim, Staten Island, NY (Egalitarian Conservative)
Beth Israel Center, Madison, WI (Tradition, Egalitarian Conservative)
Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, Chicago, IL
Congregation Beth Shalom, Oak Park, MI
Congregation Beth Tikvah Bnai Jeshurun, Erdenheim, PA
Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA
Congregation Or Ami,Houston, TX
Congregation Temple Beth-El, West Oak Lane, Philadelphia, PA (Conservadox)
Germantown Jewish Centre, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA
Kol Shalom, Rockville, MD
Park Slope Jewish Center, Brooklyn, NY
Temple Beth Abraham , Oakland, CA
Temple Beth Shalom, San Leandro, CA (Reform Rabbi, Renewal Cantor)
Temple Knesset Israel, Los Angeles, CA

Tifereth Israel Synagogue, Washington, DC (Egalitarian)

Humanistic

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

The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, New York, NY
Machar, The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism, Washington, DC

Reconstructionist

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.

Bet Am Shalom, White Plains, NY
Congregation Darchei Noam, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kol Tzedek, West Philadelphia Synagogue, Philadelphia, PA
Leyv Ha-Ir, Philadelphia, PA
Mishkan Shalom, Philadelphia, PA
SAJ-Society for the Advancement of Judaism, Upper West Side Manhattan, NY
Shir Hadash Reconstructionist, Wheeling, IL
Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, West Roxbury, MA
West End Synagogue, New York, NY

Reform

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.

Agudath Sholom Congregation, Lynchburg, VA
Beth Chayim Chadashim (House of New Life), Los Angeles, CA
Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis, MO
Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen, PA
Congregation Bene Shalom, Skokie, IL
Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood,, CA
Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia, PA
Falmouth Jewish Congregation, Cape Cod, Falmouth, MA
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis, IN
Metropolitan Synagogue, New York, NY
Temple Anshe Hesed, Erie PA
Temple B’nai Shalom, New Brunswick, NJ
Temple Beth Am, Yorktown Heights, NY
Temple Beth El, Bakersfield, CA
Temple Beth Shalom, New Albany, Ohio
Temple Beth Torah, Houston, TX
Temple Israel, Boston, MA
Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island , Staten Island, NY
Temple Sinai, Oakland CA

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

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.

Adath Shalom, 8 rue George Bernard Shaw, 75015 Paris, France (near to the Eiffel Tower) +33(0)1 45679796
Beth Jacob Congregation, Oakland, CA

Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath Congregation (BCMH), Seattle, WA
B’nai David-Judea Congregation, Los Angeles, CA (Mordern Orthodox)
B’nai Israel, Baltimore, MD (Modern Orthodox)
Chabad Lubavitch of Montgomery County, Fort Washington, PA
Chabad of Harlem, NY, NY
Congreation Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, NJ
Congregation Anshe Chesed, Linden, NJ
Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob, Albany NY
Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, NY, NY
Congregation Mt. Sinai, Jersey City, NJ
Congregation Ramath Orah, New York, NY
Congregation Shearith Israel-The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, NY, NY
El Centro de Estudios Judios Torat Emet, c/o Lincoln Park Jewish Center, Yonkers NY
Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Bronx, NY
Kesher Israel, The Georgetown Synagogue, Washington, DC (Modern Orthodox)
Kehillat Shira Hadasha (Halakhic Egalitarian), Jerusalem, Israel
Kehillat Yedidya, Baka, Jerusalem, Israel (Modern Orthodox)
Lincoln Park Jewish Center, Yonkers, NY (Modern Orthodox)
Magen David Sephardic Congregation-Beit Eliahu Synagogue, Rockville, MD (Modern Orthodox)
Mikveh Israel, Philadelphia, PA
Mount Sinai Jewish Center of Washington Heights, New York, NY
Ohel Shalom Torah Center, Chicago, IL
Ohev Sholom-The National Synagogue, Washington, DC
Old Broadway Synagogue, New York, NY
Yakar – Ctr for Tradition & Creativity, Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, Israel

Unaffiliated or Non-Denominational

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

Congregation B’Nai Jeshurun, New York City, NY
Congregation Tehillah, Riverdale, NY
Kehillat Lev Shalem • Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Woodstock, NY
Kolot Chayeinu, Brooklyn, NY
Pleasantville Community Synagogue, Pleasantville, NY

Temple Beth-El (Shul by the Sea) City Island, NY

List developed for educational purposes. To have your synagogue listed please send an email to: MochaJuden@gmail.com


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

HINE MA TOV by Ben Sidran, Life’s A Lesson

“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)

May All of Us Be Listened To & Embraced & Welcomed & Supported

4 Responses to “Synagogues”

  • Nonna Mynatt:

    Hello,
    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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