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“Every Jew needs to feel connected and every Jew needs to feel at home.”
Welcoming Synagogues and Temples
Below is a list of synagogues and temples where we as Jewish multiracial families and/ or individual Jews of color are members or have personally attended, felt welcomed and are now recommending to others.
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 Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, Chicago, IL
Congregation Beth Tikvah Bnai Jeshurun, Erdenheim, PA
Congregation Temple Beth-El, West Oak Lane, Philadelphia, PA (Conservadox)
Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA
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)
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
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.
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
Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, West Roxbury, MA
Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Synagogue, Northbrooke, IL
West End Synagogue, New York, NY
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.
Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis, MO
Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen, PA
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 Beth El, Bakersfield, CA
Temple Beth Shalom, New Albany, Ohio
Temple Israel, Boston, MA
Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island , Staten Island, NY
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
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
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 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
Mount Sinai Jewish Center of Washington Heights, New York, NY
Ohel Shalom Torah Center, Chicago, IL
Old Broadway Synagogue, New York, NY
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.
Congregation B’Nai Jeshurun, New York City, NY
Kolot Chayeinu, Brooklyn, NY
Pleasantville Community Synagogue, Pleasantville, NY
Congregation Tehillah, Riverdale, NY
Temple Beth-El (Shul by the Sea) City Island, NY
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.”
May All of Us Be Listened To & Embraced & Welcomed & Supported.
Seasons in Sheol: A Black Woman’s Nightmare Journey
Through Synagogue Culture
A self-professed and eager integrationist, author Kush Miri converted to Judaism and entered the synagogue’s employ with high hopes and an open heart. Her experiences there left her without faith in God, physically and mentally scarred, and abandoned by her congregation. In this memoir, Miri reveals the discrimination and persecution that took place during her seven years of employment.
Season in Sheol paints a portrait of Miri’s difficult inner-city childhood, her early family and religious experiences, and her journey to enter the Jewish faith. Ten years after converting to Judaism, Miri accepts a job in a synagogue and immerses herself in Jewish culture. Her descriptions of the activities, rites and practices of Judaism, and Judaism’s history provide a fresh and comprehensive overview for both Jews and non-Jews. Initially welcomed among her congregation, Miri experienced a radical change in their attitude. With the arrival of a new rabbi, she found herself castigated by congregants with whom she had formed warm and cordial relations.
Despite her bitter experience, Miri refuses to renounce Judaism—an essential part of her identity. Season in Sheol serves as an important reminder that people can convince themselves of inner good while committing outer acts of malice.
Kushi Miri was a teen actress in musical theatre. As a writer, her journalism has appeared in national magazines, and her poetry has appeared in literary anthologies. She is an accomplished textile artist and her artwork has been on exhibit throughout the Northeast. She is married and has one daughter. I am honored to call her my friend.