KERUV / INTERFAITH HOUSEHOLDS

Your family is invited to worship with us

We welcome both Jewish and non-Jewish family members to worship at all services. Weekday, Shabbat and holiday services are open to members of all faiths. Rabbi Steinlauf's Sermon: "The Importance of Keruv"

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Upcoming Events

Interfaith Couples and Young Families Breakfast Meet and Greet Sunday October 25th 9:30-10:30am in Funger Hall (3rd floor) Register Here

Join us for bagels, coffee, and conversation on Sunday October 25th. We welcome interfaith couples and young families to join us whether you’re a member of the congregation, have your kids in the Gan HaYeled preschool at Adas Israel or are simply interested in learning more about being part of the Adas community. You’ll have a chance to meet other couples and families and learn more about the newly launched organization InterfaithFamily/DC.

With Rabbi Aaron Alexander, Rabbi Sarah Tasman, Director of InterFaithFamily/DC, and Dr. Marion Usher, creator of Love and Religion workshops.

Honors

As a couple affiliated with Adas Israel Congregation, you would be welcome to participate in our Torah service and would be entitled to be honored by:

Being called to the bimah for a baby naming Being called to the bimah for a child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Offering a prayer to your child at a Bar/Bat Mitzvah
     
Being part of a family or group blessing before travel to Israel Being called to the bimah to celebrate an anniversary Coming to the bimah on the occasion of a child’s consecration, confirmation or graduation

 

Keruv

 

Keruv (to come closer), spearheaded by the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (a constituent arm of the Conservative Movement), was formed to answer the needs of interfaith couples and families, and, in the words of the Torah, to “welcome strangers into the tent.”

If you are an interfaith couple or family, related to one, would like to learn more about interfaith outreach at Adas Israel or join our interfaith couples group, please contact the Rabbi.

Adas Israel is a vibrant Conservative congregation that invites members of all backgrounds to participate in everything we have to offer.

Brit Milah and Naming Ceremonies

 

Brit Milah (ritual circumcision) is the rite though which a baby boy is welcomed into the Jewish community and at which he receives his Hebrew name. Rabbis Steinlauf, Alexander & Holtzblatt will be happy to assist in the planning and participate in the celebration of this most meaningful ceremony.

Upon the birth of a daughter, the Rabbi will be delighted to discuss the options for a naming ceremony in the synagogue and/or in your home.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah

 

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is an important rite of passage, as a Jewish child becomes a Jewish adult. We afford opportunities to all family members to participate in the service.

On Friday night, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child, along with his/her parents will be called to the bimah at the time of the Kiddush. On the morning of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Jewish and non-Jewish relatives may take part in the presentation of the tallit and to present prayers and blessings at the end of the service. During the service, both parents will be invited to share a blessing with their child.

Weddings

 

The union of a couple is always a celebratory event. The Adas clergy will be happy to meet with all couples contemplating marriage and will discuss opportunities for involvement in the synagogue. Please be aware that Rabbis of the Conservative Movement are only permitted to officiate at the marriage of two members of the Jewish faith.

 

Funerals

 

In the event that a non-Jewish spouse affiliated with our congregation loses a loved one, our rabbis will be available for comfort and support. Judaism offers much in the way of mourning practices. Many Jewish traditions are universal in their ability to provide comfort at a time of loss. The rabbis are available to discuss rituals and observances that may be helpful in a time of mourning.

Jewish Education

 

One need not be Jewish to take advantage of the many educational opportunities offered by the synagogue. Everyone is welcome to our adult education programs and classes. A child need not be Jewish to attend the Gan HaYeled Nursery School at Adas Israel. Children of interfaith couples may be enrolled in our Estelle & Melvin Gelman Religious School, provided that the child is Jewish or that there is an intent to have the child converted to Judaism.

Welcome

On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Clergy, the membership and the professionals of Adas Israel, I am delighted to welcome you to our congregation. Whether you are seeking a spiritual home or simply a place to build friendships and enjoy a variety of cultural and educational activities, an opportunity to celebrate Shabbat, holidays and a range of lifecycle experiences, or a community in which you and/or your children can learn and grow, you have made a great start.

Our synagogue welcomes those who wish to partake in the richness of Jewish life. Interfaith couples and families are part of the make-up of our congregational family, reflecting the diversity of an ever-widening variety of people committed to or interested in Jewish life.

At Adas Israel, we seek to provide a level of comfort in—and accessibility to—Jewish study, Jewish worship, and Jewish life for those who are born Jewish, for those who have chosen Judaism, and for those who are part of a Jewish couple or a Jewish family. As part of our congregation, you will be invited to participate, encouraged to ask questions, and supported in your personal and/or familial journey.

I invite you to call me, to send me an e-mail, to join one of our classes, to attend our services, or to schedule an appointment so that we can begin a dialogue, which I know will help you see how wonderful it can be to be part of our warm and caring community.

I wish you shalom (peace), briut (health) and hatzlacha (good fortune). And may your desire to learn and to discover how we may best fulfill the potential in our lives bring you back, often, to Adas Israel Congregation.

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf Rabbi.Steinlauf@adasisrael.org

 


Interfaith Stories from our Members

Thu, November 23 2017 5 Kislev 5778