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Looking for a place to pray, be with community, share a nosh, be inspired by music, meditate, make some friends or sit in silence? You are welcome.

We warmly welcome you if you are queer, straight, bisexual, gay, questioning, lesbian, asexual, pansexual, confused, or prefer no label at all. We welcome all those who are single, happily married or maybe not so happily, partnered, poly, divorced, and separated. We welcome women, trans people, drag queens and kings, men, folks who are genderqueer, nonbinary, and people who are intersex.

We warmly welcome single parents, two-parent households, complex family constellations, people seeking families of choice, children of all ages, and even those who cry during the service. If your family is multiethnic or multiracial, if you are a Jew of color or of white privilege, you are welcome. We warmly welcome you if you invited your family or if your family made you come, if you are seeking solitude or the company of others. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.

We offer a sincere welcome to you who are Jewish, are Jew-ish, love a Jew or like a Jew, to the respectfully curious, to seekers of all faiths, to those of Sephardi, Mizrachi, Ashkenazi or unknown descent. We welcome you if you embrace mysticism, if you question or reject God, if you employ contemplative practice; if you are Reconstructionist, Conservative, Orthodox, Renewal or Reform; if you are a Humanist, Culinary, or Post-Denominational Jew.

We welcome those who are dirt poor or filthy rich or anywhere in between, come in a suit or heels - or both - dress in jeans, color coordinate or mismatch, wear a yarmulke or don’t, have tattoos, piercings, bifocals - or all three; have blue hair, no hair, a mullet, or a perfect coif. You are welcome equally whether you are more Jewish than Moses, have only a Jewish father, have two Jewish mothers, are a Jew by choice, or a Jew without one. If you only come twice a year, don’t call your mother enough, or still live with her, you are welcome.

You are welcome if you speak fluent Hebrew, stumble on transliteration, speak Hebrew with a drawl, never uttered a word in your life, curse in Yiddish, or sing in Ladino. If you’re Israeli, if you’ve been to Israel on Birthright, never been, an activist against the occupation, are passionately in love with Israel, and/or are deeply conflicted, you are welcome.

A special welcome to you if you don’t have a perfect body, or work out too much; if you have wrinkles on wrinkles, or have botoxed them away; if you rode your bike here, or your SUV, or came on your wheelchair; if you are a soccer mom, a derby widow, or a hockey dad, or if you detest sports altogether. We welcome artists, writers, students, singers, and those who crunch numbers, retirees, practice law, unemployed, under-employed, teach, build, plant, or serve.

We welcome you if you are down on your luck, or happier than honey on apples, tired of religious dogma, are skeptical and suspicious, doubtful, hopeful, hopeless, selfless, or self-satisfied.

We welcome you if you’ve been having problems or are good with answers, or if you don’t like “organized religion” — we’ve been there too. 

We extend a warm welcome to activists, the apolitical, accidental advocates and silent resisters, those who embrace the status quo and those who buck convention.

We welcome you if you are a board member, a member of CBH, a guest or someone who stumbled in accidentally. You are welcome!

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