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KERUV IS INCLUSION : Keruv is Hebrew for “to draw closer.” 

Keruv’s mission is to assist Beth El Synagogue Center in holding its doors wide open for congregants and visitors to feel welcomed, included, and comfortable. We embrace diversity in its many forms, among them age, gender, sexual orientation, interfaith partnerships, and the full spectrum of Jewish background and observance. We welcome those with physical, emotional, or intellectual disabilities. We know that we are enhanced by our diversity and are committed to building our synagogue family together.

From our members...

We are very thankful to the Keruv committee for organizing such meaningful and thoughtful programs.

For several years our family has attended the Kulanu services. Each service was organized in a way to encourage participation in whatever way our son felt comfortable, whether it be dancing up in front, sitting with an instrument, or walking around the room in observation. It was evident a lot of thought and research was put into preparing for each unique service.

I don’t know who benefited most from our participation in the Buddy program on Yom Kippur. We were able to attend the Yizkor service with the peace of mind that our children were being entertained and supervised. Our kids had so much fun with Jason that they didn’t want their time with him to end. They are already looking forward to next year! - Alyssa Sherman

Beth El has been so inclusive and welcoming to our interfaith family. Our children have been nurtured in this community since Mommy and Me. They are now 10 and 9 and thriving in the Religious School. They think of Beth El as their second home and cannot imagine going anywhere else. For that, we are extremely grateful and thankful to have found this community. Amy O’Malley

Beth El’s Keruv program has created many life changing special treasures for the Hyman family, and most importantly for Sherri. In particular, the way that the Beth El community lead by our wonderful clergy has embraced and welcomed Sherri as an integral part of the Nigun Halev and Contemplative Services has actually been the catalyst that has brought our family to more actively reengage and reconnect with the Beth El. Anyone who has seen Sherri in the Nigun Halev services has shared the pure joy that Sherri emanates standing alongside our clergy and praying from her heart. You have no idea how many people (over the past year) have come up to us and told us that seeing Sherri’s participation, ruach and love for the Nigun HaLev service has given them pure joy and touched their hearts and souls. This inclusive program at El has enabled the rhythm of the Torah to forever dance with Sherri and our souls. - Dov Hyman 

Ongoing Keruv Activities: 

Kulanu Shabbat Experience

A holiday experience offered 1-2 times annually to families who have young children with intellectual or autism spectrum disorders that prevent them from engaging in other youth services.

Pride Shabbat

Shabbat service held in June to celebrate our LGBTQ community.

Let's Talk About It

A warm, social-worker-facilitated support group that meets 4 times annually where members discuss issues related to intermarriage and interdating

Keruv Korner

Our monthly Bulletin article to activities, programming and reflections related to the theme of inclusion Click here to read some articles from the Keruv Korner. 

 Mosaic Storytelling project from the Westchester Jewish Council 

 

Resources:

Interfaith Family, supporting interfaith families exploring Jewish life. interfaithfamily.com

Removing the Stumbling Block, blogging by inclusive Jewish educator Lisa Friedman. jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com

Click here for more resources. 

Questions? Contact Nina Luban at nina.luban@gmail.com or Elise K. Richman at elisekrichman@gmail.com

Keruv grapples with requests, complaints, challenges and successes at its regular monthly meetings (and is always seeking interested, new members).

Tue, November 12 2019 14 Cheshvan 5780