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Inclusion- Our Keruv Committee

Beth El Synagogue Center extends a hearty welcome to all of the Westchester Jewish community.  To ensure everyone feels embraced by our community, the Keruv Committee meets regularly to address the needs and desires of those who might otherwise fear being marginalized. Keruv’s goal is to ensure that both longtime and brand new members are as comfortable as possible within the Beth El family -that they share in the warmth Beth El generates.

Keruv works on a variety of activity and policy fronts.  Among other things, it has:

  • Made Beth El’s membership application more user-friendly for individuals and for single parent, intermarried and LGBT families.
  • Hosted a presentation on intermarriage by a panel of Beth El members that initiated a congregation-wide, continuing discussion (Let’s Talk About It) in congregants’ homes, aimed at bringing close non-Jewish family members and fostering our community’s connectedness.
  • Invited Wayne Hoffman, author of Sweet Like Sugar, to speak to Beth El adults and Hebrew High Schoolers about his experiences as a gay man in the Jewish world.
  • Updated and publicized our accommodations for those who have impairments in hearing, vision and/or mobility.
  • Welcomed developmentally disabled Jewish adults to celebrate Shabbat and holidays with us on a regular basis.
  • Initiated targeted social programming for single adults in our community.

Keruv grapples with requests, complaints, challenges and successes at its regular monthly meetings (and is always seeking interested, new members). Questions? Contact Nina Luban at or Elise K. Richman at

 Mosaic Storytelling project from the Westchester Jewish Council 

Mon, March 25 2019 18 Adar II 5779