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Inclusivity and Accessibility

Temple Beth El firmly believes in the Jewish value of b’tzelem Elohim, that we are all created in God’s image. We aim to create a community based on inclusion, collaboration, kindness, and equity—both in our congregation and in the wider community.

We strive to create and sustain an inclusive Reform Jewish community where everyone is valued and feels a sense of belonging.  

Here are some of the ways we strive to welcome and include everyone in our community: 

Accessibility

  • Accessible entrances and parking spots  
  • Accessible seating in the sanctuary 
  • Elevator in building 
  • Lowered mezuzah on main entrance  
  • Large-print prayer books available 
  • A Loop System for assistive hearing devices, in large communal spaces
  • Wheelchairs available on site (contact staff for assistance) 
  • All-gender restroom on main floor with wheelchair accessibility and changing table 

Worship and ritual inclusion  

  • English transliteration of all Hebrew texts and prayers  
  • Ceremonies and life-cycle events for interfaith and LGBTQ+ couples  
  • Livestreaming of worship for those unable to attend in person 
  • Gender-inclusive language throughout our prayer books and communications  
  • Working with every individual student to ensure a consistent and enriching Jewish education 
  • Flexible requirements for b’nai mitzvah to ensure that students of all ability levels can achieve success 
  • Dedicated inclusion specialist on staff 
  • Financial options available for membership, program fees, and education to avoid barriers to participation (contact Executive Director Stefanie Kushner at 608-238-3123 or exec@tbemadison.org) 

In 2021, we began to listen more intentionally to voices in our community by engaging in the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion assessment process. Through this process, we are continuing to improve our inclusivity and accessibility and working toward accomplishing additional goals we have identified.  

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For more information, please see our in-person information and visitor guide.

Please contact Executive Director Stefanie Kushner at 608-238-3123 or exec@tbemadison.org with any questions or specific needs. 

February 27, 2024 18 Adar I 5784