Mission Statement

Kol Emeths Mission Statement:
Kol Emeth is an everybody-friendly community for sacred Jewish gatherings. We see experimentation, Jewish learning, faith, and practice as tools to help our members fulfill God’s call to Abraham to be a blessing to Israel and to the whole world. Kol Emeth is a place to learn, to grow, to pray, and to make face-to-face human connections. It is also a place to be inspired, and to find strength and insight on how to be better Jews and better human beings.

Kol Emeths Philosophy:
Kol Emeth is a place whose doors are open to all. We are strengthened by a diversity of age, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. We are an innovative congregation that prizes empowering its members to grow in their lives, and to be leaders in our immediate community and the world. We believe that what we do is nurturing and also strengthening.

Kol Emeth is a place to find community. Our community emphasizes human contact and warmth, whether it’s found while sharing Kiddush lunch in our courtyard, or learning in someone’s living room. Ours is a caring community that surrounds people in joy and in grief with love and support.

Kol Emeth is a place to find meaningful Jewish learning. We see our encounter with Jewish learning and text as a key location in which we can connect with who we were, and who we hope to become. We are committed to meaningful education for children, teens, families, and adults.

Kol Emeth is a place to celebrate. Our holiday celebrations are lively, joyous, and filled with song and energy. Bar and Bat Mitzvahs at Kol Emeth are truly special, as a new generation encounters Torah and the wider community in a sacred embrace.

Kol Emeth is a place to find others to make a difference in the world. Our Tikkun Olam group is dedicated to fighting hunger and human trafficking in our area and the world. Our congregation has members who are leaders in diverse and meaningful causes throughout the world.

Welcome to Interfaith Families
Welcome to Kol Emeth! We are an everybody-friendly congregation, and we cordially invite people of all backgrounds and faith practices to participate in the KE community. We warmly welcome couples with one Jewish partner, and their families, to join us in prayer, learning, and celebration. We are committed to ensuring that our community is inclusive and supportive to families and extended families.

Partners of Jewish members who hail from other religious backgrounds are encouraged to be full members of our congregation, vote at congregational meetings, fulfill the honor of opening the Ark, and join family and friends on the bima for life cycle blessings and other honors. We are deeply committed to supporting all our members, and honoring the diversity of individuals and families.

Partners of Jewish members are welcome to actively participate in all KE groups and committees except for the Board of Directors.

Religious services are open to everyone, regardless of religion. Individuals must be Jewish to be called to the Torah and lead certain parts of the service. There are, however, many opportunities for meaningful involvement in services. Greeters and ushers are present at every service, and they are happy to help anyone understand the service.

According to Jewish law, Judaism is matrilineal and passed down from mothers to children. KE’s Rabbis are happy to discuss this ruling with parents, discuss whether the conversion process is relevant, and work with families to ensure that children can become Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Welcome to LGBTQ Individuals and Families
At Kol Emeth, we are committed to embracing and supporting Jewish families of all compositions. KE welcomes same-sex couples and families with same-sex parents, and welcomes LGBTQ individuals to participate in the community and religious life of the synagogue. We strongly hope that all members of our community feel comfortable praying, learning, and celebrating together

 

Everyone is welcome in our egalitarian Jewish community