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Inclusion Committee

Congregation Bonai Shalom is a diverse and inclusive congregation.  We welcome and strive to accommodate all people.

*Inclusion Committee Mission:  Assure that all members of Bonai Shalom are able to participate fully in all spiritual, educational, celebratory, and life events at the synagogue.

*Inclusion Committee Vision:  A community where all members share a sense of dignity, empathy, and togetherness; where inclusion is the framework around which congregation activities are centered.

In 2018, Bonai Shalom was selected to work with the Jewish Disability Advocates of Jewish Family Service as part of their Inclusion Initiative, and is currently working with a professional consultant to improve our inclusion efforts.  We began by developing a congregational survey followed by conducting personal interviews with Bonai board members and committee chairs to get additional input about inclusion needs in our community. 

New programs that we hope to accomplish this year include our annual scholar-in-residence program for Jewish Disabilities Awareness & Inclusion Month (February), offering more transportation opportunities to services and programs for members who do not drive, researching streaming services for classes, increasing the number of greeters on Shabbat morning and other programming, matching families for Shabbat dinners, creating more chavurot (small groups who meet socially outside of regular synagogue activities), providing more allergy-free Shabbat kiddushes, as well as many other planned activities.  If you are interested in helping us with any of these projects, please contact

Learn what the Inclusion Committee has done in the past.

We can use your help!  We are always looking for additional input, insight, and assistance towards our mission.  Contact

We want to hear from you!  We want to know your requests, needs, or concerns.  Contact

Statement of LGBTQ Inclusion and Welcome at Bonai Shalom:

Congregation Bonai Shalom is an open, affirming, and diverse community that values difference and individuality. Among our members and guests we welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning Jews and non-Jews. Our programming has included Friday night dinner and conversation with Rafi Daugherty, who shared his transgender journey, and a scholar-in-residence weekend with Rabbi Steve Greenberg.  We are proud co-sponsors of Keshet’s Queer Seder.


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