B'nai Amoona welcomes people of all backgrounds to pray, learn, and celebrate with our community. We are a diverse community and we thrive on being open to all people, regardless of their current level of connection and familiarity with Jewish ritual.  The idea is simple. If you are interested in what we have to offer, then we are interested in your involvement.  This of course, includes, but is not limited to the growing number of interfaith couples and families in our community.

At B'nai Amoona, we aspire to provide a level of comfort in—and accessibility to— Jewish life, Jewish study, Jewish worship, and  for those who are born Jewish, for those who have chosen Judaism, and for those who are part of a Jewish couple or a Jewish family. In our congregation, you will be encouraged to participate, ask questions, and be supported in your personal journeys.

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Worship

Our services our open to everyone. Our Siddur (prayer book) is in Hebrew, but all prayers are translated in English and many prayers are also transliterated (English spelling of Hebrew). Many prayers also have commentaries that provide further explanation, deeper background, or insights.

Further, our clergy, educators, and lay leaders are happy to meet with anyone who feels that they would benefit from a more individual approach. To set up a time to meet with a member of our team, please contact Amy at 314-576-9990.

Engage

 Your opportunities for engagement at B’nai Amoona are very broad. You may participate in and explore our outstanding educational, social, community service and religious programs. Our community is dedicated to help all people who want to be a part of our community grow spiritually and morally by experiencing the richness of our Jewish heritage and tradition.

Lean on us

We all experience moments of need when stressed by life events. At such times, our Clergy our available to the provide counsel guided by Jewish wisdom and customs and if appropriate, to activate others in our community to help. Many Jewish traditions are universal in their ability to create meaning at a time of loss, sickness, or even to help provide guidance during challenging family situations.

Celebrate with us

As someone affiliated with B'nai Amoona, you and your extended family, are welcome to participate in our Torah service an:

Be called to the Bimah
for a baby naming
  Be called to the Bimah
for a child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  Offer a prayer to your
child at a Bar/Bat Mitzvah
         
Be part of a family or group blessing before travel to Israel   Be called to the Bimah
to celebrate
a birthday or anniversary
  Come to the Bimah on the occasion of a child’s consecration, confirmation or graduation

 

Weddings - Our Rabbis and Cantor are eager to assist all couples to grow spiritually and build stronger Jewish families. They regularly counsel couples before as well as after being married. However, as part of the Conservative Movement, our Clergy are only permitted to officiate at the marriage of two members of the Jewish faith.

Open

We partner with the JCRC to participate in the  Jewish and Muslim day of service. This year year we are hosting a 2nd night Passover Seder which is open to the community. Through our Social Action committee, we also participate in community events such as the Interfaith Partnership Thanksgiving Service.

We are always open to suggestions for new and inspiring ways to reinforce a core Jewish value of seeing all people as made in God's image. If you have a program suggestion that you'd like to share, please contact us at 314-576-9990.

Meet and Mingle

We have many Interfaith families in our B'nai Amoona community. We have found that couples who are interested in our synagogue, have questions about what life is like as an Interfaith family at B'nai Amoona. Our congregational ambassadors are happy to share a Shabbat evening with you or set up a time to meet with you to discuss your questions. 

If you'd like a congregational ambassador to contact you or are interested in becoming a congregational ambassador to host a Shabbat dinner or sharing your experiences with other interfaith families, please contact Mimi Pultman.

Education

One need not be Jewish to take advantage of the many cultural, educational, and spiritual opportunities offered by our synagogue. Everyone is welcome to attend our many, varied programs and classes. We also welcome you and your child to participate in a  Jewish education through our various education opportunities.