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 basis 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 LGBTQ+ individuals and families. Keneseth Israel is proud of the diversity of its congregation.
While KI is a diverse community representing a broad constituency of nearly 800 families strong, we have identified seven core values that define the heart and soul of our congregation. To show our dedication to these values, they adorn seven banners that are prominently displayed in the Fineshriber Lobby so that all who enter our building are reminded of our commitment to them.
Yahadut Mitkademet ("Reform Judaism") - Maintaining and being enriched by our historic ties with the Reform Movement.
T’fillot ("Prayer and Spirituality") - Creating diverse, compelling religious services and providing pastoral support for our members and their families.
Tikkun Olam ("Social Justice/Repair of the World") - Strengthening social justice through programs both within KI and extending them into the broader community.
Hiddur Mitzvah ("Arts and Culture") - Fostering a deeper appreciation of Jewish living through extensive cultural programming and the arts.
Limmud ("Sacred Learning") - Providing life-long transformative Jewish learning.
Kehillah ("Community") - Nurturing and sustaining our strong sense of community and personal connection in our synagogue.
Ahavat Israel ("Jewish Pride/Love of Israel")
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 LGBTQ community?
Yes, our clergy gladly officiates Jewish ceremonies for the LGBTQ 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.