West End Synagogue is a progressive community where people from every background are welcome. Our membership includes LGBTQ+ individuals, people of color, interfaith families, Jews by choice, people from Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox traditions, Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrahi Jews, non-practicing Jews, atheists, and agnostics as important and active parts of our family.
While we celebrate the diversity of our community throughout the year, we also take deliberate opportunities to highlight specific issues and peoples both during services and in learning opportunities. For example, throughout the month of June, at Shabbat we feature writings from LGBTQ+ members of the community, culminating in Pride Shabbat at the end of the month. WES has also hosted a Racial Justice Salon to engage with and discuss readings by and about racially marginalized peoples.
Along with other Reconstructionist communities, we recognize that we have much more work to do, and are committed to pursuing ways to expand access to Jewish life and community.
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