(RNS) — Congregation B’nai Amoona in St. Louis is expecting some 3,000 people for Rosh Hashana services next week, and the 137-year-old congregation, which prides itself on inclusion, wants to be welcoming.
The building is fully accessible to people with disabilities. It has a wheelchair ramp leading up to the bimah, or sanctuary stage, and Bluetooth headsets for the hearing impaired.
This year, it’s also taking another step toward inclusion. For the first time anyone can remember, nonmembers will not be required to buy tickets for High Holy Day services.
B’nai Amoona Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose said the change is in keeping with the way its 800 member families want to see themselves.
“It’s an attitudinal orientation to being open,” Rose said.