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What About Singles?
Tue, 03/25/2014 - 20:00

I agree with much of the content of Rabbi Gerald Zelizer’s Opinion column, “Making A Place For Non-Jews In Our Synagogues” (Feb. 21). However there is a glaring omission and what I consider to be an
egregious error. First, the rabbi assumes that all non-Jews in the synagogue
or who might participate in a life cycle or other ritual events are married.

Singles of any age who may be exploring Judaism or have Jewish members of
their extended family are simply not part of the equation. Now for the error, he
suggests returning to “family” rather than individual memberships, which, like couples rates, add to the common perception by singles at all life cycle
stages that they are not “real” members of the congregation. 


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