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Interfaith Families

CBI Welcomes All Interfaith Families!  *


Congregation Beth Israel supports and welcomes all those in interfaith relationships. We estimate that 1/3 to 1/2 of our families consider themselves interfaith. We make no differentiation between children with one or two Jewish parents in our Religious School and work hard to make all children feel welcome.


In the spirit of the Reform movement, we recognize the non-Jewish partner in an interfaith relationship plays an important role in creating a Jewish home and raising Jewish children. We honor and welcome you as an important part of our Congregational Family.


At CBI, we thrive on being open to all people, regardless of their current level of connection and familiarity with Jewish ritual. Here’s the thing: If you are interested in what we have to offer, then we are interested in your involvement.  It’s that simple. 


In the Reform tradition, CBI tries to provide a level of comfort in, and accessibility to, Jewish life, study, and worship This is true for those who are born Jewish, for those who have chosen Judaism, and for those who are part of an interfaith family. At CBI, you will be encouraged to participate, ask questions, and be supported in your personal journeys.


Worship

Our services our open to everyone. In our Siddur (prayer book,) all prayers are in Hebrew, English, and English transliterations are provided. Our Siddur also provides modern English readings that reflect the theme of the accompanying Hebrew prayer.

Further, our clergy, educators, and lay leaders are happy to meet with anyone who feels that they would benefit from a more individual approach. To set up a time to meet with a member of our clergy team, please contact the clergy office at 512-454-6806.
 

Participate

You have many opportunities to participate in activities at CBI. You may participate in and explore our educational, social, social action, and religious programs. We are dedicated to helping all people who want to be a part of our community grow with us by exploring and experiencing the richness of our Jewish heritage and tradition.


 

Let us help you

We all experience moments of need when stressed by life events. At such times, our Clergy are available to provide pastoral care guided by Jewish values and customs and, if appropriate, to activate others in our community to help. Many Jewish traditions are universal in their ability to create meaning at a time of loss, sickness, or even to help provide guidance during challenging family situations.




Celebrate with us

As a member of CBI, you and your extended family are welcome to participate in our Torah service and:
•    Be called to the Bimah for a baby naming or a child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah, consecration, or confirmation
•    Offer a prayer to your child at a Bar/Bat Mitzvah 
•    Be called to the Bimah to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or other simcha (joyous occasion)

Weddings

CBI's clergy officiate interfaith weddings, with each performing ceremonies according to his or her own                 requirements. Please contact the Clergy Office directly for more information on the availability of clergy.

 

Resources for Interfaith Families:

http://www.reformjudaism.org/jewish-life/family/interfaith

http://www.interfaithfamily.com/

.* Adapted with permission from Congregation B’nai Amoona, St. Louis, MO.

Tue, March 31 2020 6 Nisan 5780