Yes. Our membership dues are “age-based,” so they are not tied to the location of High Holy Day seats. Depending on availability, you will be able to select your seats in any one of our three High Holy Day service locations.
Parents of bar/bat mitzvah students must become members of Chizuk Amuno at least three years prior to the event. The student must have completed at least six years of religious education and be currently enrolled in a formal program of religious instruction, ideally at Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) or the Rosenbloom Religious School (RRS). Our goal is to help our children grow into their awareness of the obligations and privileges of belonging to the adult Jewish community. We provide both group and individual learning programs for students with special educational needs. For further details, contact Glenn Easton.
Absolutely. Prior to his or her celebration, and as early as possible in our relationship with your family, your son or daughter will need to participate in the ritual of immersion in a mikvah (ritual bath) if he or she has not previously done so. If not done earlier, boys also need to be ritually circumcised. Our rabbis are always available to discuss your family’s particular needs or sensitivities.
We welcome interfaith couples and families, just as we welcome every other type of family at Chizuk Amuno. Non-Jewish partners pray with us in the sanctuary and the chapel, share in holiday celebrations, and participate in the bar/bat mitzvah of their sons and daughters. As a Conservative synagogue, we live our egalitarian values by embracing the participation of all types of families and partnerships. We also abide by Jewish law in reserving certain honors for Jewish congregants only, such as the honor of being called to the Torah for an aliyah.
The rabbis are available to guide interfaith couples leading up to and after their wedding, though our rabbis do not perform interfaith ceremonies themselves. They are also available to counsel couples around life cycle events and the day-to-day experience of sharing a life together.