Inclusiveness

Keneseth Israel welcomes the full participation of all who seek community with us. In accordance with our values we do not discriminate against any person or group of persons on the bases of religion, age, various capabilities, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status and citizenship. Furthermore, we embrace the full participation of Jews of all backgrounds including multi-faith and interfaith people and families, Jews by choice, single parents, and LGBTQIA+ individuals and families. Keneseth Israel is proud of the diversity of its congregation.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can become a member of KI? Are my children considered jewish?

Anyone. KI is an inclusive synangogue. Jews and non-Jews alike are welcome to join as members. Children being raised as Jews are accepted as Jewish at KI.

Is KI a welcoming place for the LGBTQIA+ community? 

Yes, our clergy gladly officiates Jewish ceremonies for the LGBTQIA+ community, and opens the doors to our synagogue, sanctuary and chapel for everyone.

Does KI clergy officiate at marriages of Interfaith couples? 

Yes, our clergy welcomes interfaith couples who choose to live a Jewish life into our synagogue, and regularly officiate at Jewish ceremonies for interfaith couples.

Can my non-Jewish family members participate in a Bar or Bat Mitzvah service at KI?

Yes, all family members can participate in our life cycle events, including Bar and Bat Mitzvah.  Non-Jewish family members are invited to participate on the Bimah with their child/grandchild.  We have a number of English readings and honors for non-Jewish family members.  

I was raised in a more traditional synagogue will I be comfortable at KI? 

Yes, while we embrace many modern traditions we work hard to keep the core and essence of Jewish practice.  We welcome you to speak with our clergy about the innovations made by our synagogue and their relationship with traditional Judaism.

 

With any questions that aren't answered here, please contact our administrative offices by calling 215-887-8700.