Where do most of the members of Congregation Beth Emeth (CBE) live?
Our members live throughout the Northern Virginia area. The largest geographical concentration of members is in the Herndon/Reston area, roughly 50 percent. However, many of our members reside in Fairfax, Oakton, Vienna, Chantilly, Centreville and Great Falls.
How do I become a member of CBE?
To join our congregation, we ask that you fill out our membership form. You may download the membership form, or you may receive one, along with an information packet, from the main office by calling 703-860-4515, ext. 101, or by sending an e-mail to [email protected]. (Want to fill it in on your computer before printing? Download the MS Word Membership Form instead.) On your membership form, be sure to select areas of interest in which to get involved as we encourage all of our new members to do so. Joining a committee, taking a class or attending a social function are great ways to get to know fellow congregants. Someone from the Membership Committee will be in touch with you as well to help you get oriented and answer any questions that you may have.
How much does it cost to join CBE?
To learn more about membership dues, please call the main office at 703-860-4515, ext. 101 for the most up to date information. At CBE, finances are never a barrier to membership or participation in our community. Special circumstances may be discussed with our Executive Director Melissa Heifetz at ext. 106.
I am Jewish, my partner is not. Are we welcome at CBE?
At CBE, we fully embrace the increasing diversity of the North American Jewish community. There are many interfaith couples at CBE, and we offer couples and interfaith families support and resources to create Jewish homes and to practice and grow in Judaism.
Non-Jewish individuals are welcome at all of our religious services. For those who do not read Hebrew, we have transliterations of the prayers every Shabbat. Non-Jewish parents of Bar/Bat Mitzvah youngsters are invited to stand at the Torah table and offer a prayer for their child during the service. Adult education classes are offered throughout the year, many particularly relevant for interfaith couples.
We have no doubt that once you walk through our doors, you will experience the warmth of our community, no matter your religious background.
I am not Jewish, but want to learn about Judaism. Can I attend services at CBE? What do I do if I want to convert to Judaism?
We welcome anyone who wishes to explore Jewish life, Jewish teachings, and Jewish culture. Non-Jewish individuals are welcome at all of our religious services. We have transliterations of the Hebrew prayers available every Shabbat.
Whether you are simply exploring or are seriously considering conversion to Judaism, Rabbi Mina will help guide you along your spiritual path. Feel free to call her at 703-860-4515, ext. 101 to discuss your journey. For further information, here is a list of recommended books on Jewish history, ritual, and culture:
- Introduction to Judaism: A Sourcebook by UAHC Press
- Choosing a Jewish Life by Anita Diamant
- Embracing Judaism by Simcha Kling
- Living a Jewish Life by Anita Diamant
- Conversations with Rabbi Small by Harry Kemelman
- Jews, God, and History by Max Dimont
- Jewish Literacy by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
- The Observant Life edited by Martin Cohen
- Entering Jewish Prayer by Reuven Hammer
- Celebrate! The Complete Jewish Holidays Handbook by Lesli K. Ross
I’ve recently joined the synagogue and am looking for a way to volunteer. What do you recommend?
Volunteering at Beth Emeth is a wonderful way to make new friends and become engaged in our community. There are multiple opportunities to volunteer and various levels of commitment—a little something for everyone. Whether you help stuff envelopes, sell tickets at the Purim Carnival, support a local food pantry, we won’t say no to your help! To get a better idea of what you can do, visit or list of volunteer opportunities.
Does the Rabbi officiate at non-congregant life-cycle events, such as a bris or wedding?
Our rabbi will consider these opportunities. Please call the office at (703) 860-4515, ext. 101 to discuss your needs with her.
What is Conservative Judaism?
Conservative Judaism in the United States of America began in 1886. Conservative Judaism, as described on www.ConservativeJudaism.org:
“represents the passionate and engaged center of the Jewish people…. Conservative Judaism strives…to express and communicate a deep commitment to the values, concepts, and rituals of our tradition.
It is equally committed to the values of individual conscience, democracy, equal rights and protection for all humanity and other hallmarks of Western culture to enrich and deepen our lives as practicing Jews…
…we believe that integrating the Jewish tradition with our own contemporary culture is the best way to create a vibrant and meaningful form of Judaism for ourselves and our descendants.”
CBE is an egalitarian Conservative congregation. This means that women are given equal opportunity to count in the minyan (prayer quorum), to have an aliyah to the Torah, to chant from the Torah, to wear a tallit or tefillin, to lead services, to serve on the board, etc.
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