A core value of Central Reform Temple has always been our commitment to a full, unconditional inclusion of individuals, couples and families of differing religious backgrounds, who are seeking a welcoming spiritual home together. Our Rabbi has supported and worked with interfaith couples for 45 years, and was one of the first Jewish leaders in America to take a stand in officiating at interfaith weddings and providing ongoing resources for continuing spiritual growth and active participation in Jewish life.
Many Reform congregations proclaim a “warm welcome” to interfaith and multi-cultural families, but offer worship and assumptions about Jewish identity that exclude non-Jewish partners from full participation. CRT’s worship is primarily in contemporary English. Our music is drawn from a variety of sources and invites everyone to sing, with full understanding. Most important, our pulpit teaching proclaims a broad and inclusive interpretation of Jewish identity – moving beyond narrow ethnic definitions, to embrace all spiritual seekers who want to explore Judaism’s timeless and universal values. We respect the religious backgrounds and experiences of all people, and seek to emphasize the common ideals that unite us all.
Non-Jewish partners and spouses are considered full members of our congregation, with no distinctions or limitations – and are among our most committed members and leaders. We proudly proclaim Central Reform Temple to be “a House of Prayer for ALL people!”
From one of our members
One of the things that surprised me the most was that my non-Jewish partner was so welcomed by the community. Previously I had come to temple alone as I didn’t think he would enjoy the service or relate to the members. At CRT we were welcomed and embraced from day one!