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Interfaith Inclusion

USCJ is committed to helping twenty-first century synagogues engage twenty-first century families, welcoming them as they are and inspiring them to join in the spiritual vision for the congregation. 

Member congregations looking to better serve interfaith families can turn to USCJ for:

  • Action Communities.The Community and Covenant Action Community convenes congregations for an eight-month curriculum, in which USCJ staff work with congregational leadership via webinars and in-person visits.
  • Consultations. USCJ staff are available for consultations with member congregations in areas such as governance, membership, ritual, education and other aspects of synagogue life.   

We are honored to have been awarded significant philanthropic gifts to expand our work in this area, including from the Jewish Funders Network, the Genesis Prize, and the Crown Family Philanthropies.    

We all know that serving our members who are in interfaith families is important - but sometimes the things that are important but not urgent fall by the wayside in busy and active shuls. This Community of Action gave us a framework to think about this issue in a sustained way, to learn more about what other congregations are doing, and to take the steps that made sense for our community

Rabbi Deborah Zuker
Associate Rabbi, Kehillat Beth Israel, Ottawa, Ontario

We celebrate the diversity among and within our kehillot and encourage the engagement of all those who seek a spiritual and communal home in an authentic and dynamic Jewish setting. 

USCJ Standards for Congregational Practice, Section V - Membership

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