Questions & Answers

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Temple Administrator Vikki Dunn at 610-435-9074 or .

Why should I join Congregation Keneseth Israel?

Keneseth Israel is Allentown, Pennsylvania’s first Reform Jewish Temple born in 1903. We are a member of – and share the vision of Judaism guided by – the Union of Reform Judaism.

Our spirit and enthusiasm are alive at Congregation Keneseth Israel. It is a place of strength and beauty where prayer is meaningful and participatory, and people reach out to one another during times of celebration and sadness. All are welcome at Keneseth Israel, and we strive to serve the diverse needs of singles and families, Jews of all races, cultures and sexual orientations, adults and children with special needs, as well as Jews-by-choice and interfaith families. If you’re searching for a spirited close-knit community, unique opportunities for lifelong Jewish learning, and a part in determining how the members of a 21st Century temple can help change the world, please join us and become part of our Keneseth Israel family.

I am Jewish, my partner is not. Are we welcome as a couple?

Yes: at KI, we welcome interfaith couples

Will I be pressured to convert if we join a synagogue?

Absolutely not – we recognize that everyone approaches spirituality from their own perspective, and we will never pressure anyone to convert.

Do I have to be Jewish to belong to the Temple?

No, but your spouse or partner does have to be Jewish in order to join.

Do I have to be Jewish to serve on a committee?

No: while many members choose to get involved in our Temple’s activities and committees, you do not need to be Jewish to participate. Anyone can participate in all committees other than Religious Practice, Religious School and the Board of Trustees where one need to be Jewish.

When is the best time to join KI?

Anytime is a great time to join KI, and the sooner you do, the sooner you can begin to connect to the future of Reform Judaism. KI welcomes you with our warm sense of community and invites you to be involved to the extent that you desire.

How can I make the most of my membership at KI?

Get involved by becoming a part of our KI Community. We offer a wide variety of services, committees and functions – we believe that there’s something here for everyone!

How can I strengthen my spirituality and connection to Judaism at KI?

There are many ways to strengthen your spirituality and connection to Reform Judaism at KI, but it may be best done by attending our services and classes. We have a lot of diversity with our offerings, and are always welcoming new ways to worship, learn and connect with each other.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Temple Administrator Vikki Dunn at 610-435-9074 or .