The Non-Jew in the Synagogue

By Mordechai Liebling

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Fall 1994

The author offers an overview of the questions that the presence of large numbers of non-Jews in the community poses to Reconstructionist synagogues and sketches out some of the answers practiced in various communities. Issues include whether a non-Jewish family member can be considered a member of the synagogue, have voting rights, have the right to hold elected positions, have the ability to participate in various rituals, and so on. These questions get to fundamental values about what membership in the Jewish people means, conversion, assimilation, and the importance of the individual versus the needs of the community.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Ritual, Intermarriage, Reconstructionist Judaism, Inclusion, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 59/No. 2

Page Number(s): 30-35

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Liebling, Mordechai. The Non-Jew in the Synagogue. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Fall 1994: 30-35.


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