A Tempel Israel welcomes and encourages inter religious families and people of all background to join and participae in our programs. As a conservative affiliated congregation, we follow the principle of matrilineal descent. We work closely with each family, helping introduce them to the tenets of basic Judaism. If a child is not halachically Jewish we strongly encourage his or her attendance in our religious school and will arrange a proper conversion prior to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We offer courses in basic Judaism and more, for anyone wihsing to learn more about our traditions. We will work with individuals interested in becoming Jews by choice and the conversion of children.
Currently the member afflictionis $250.oo per Jewish member which includes Religious School. The membership is mandatory for the family of all Hebrew School Students. Temple Israel of th e Poconos is committed to providing a center for Jewish lifeand education for all members of the community. Our policy is that no one should be left out of membership because of financial problems.