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Patrilineal Descent Policy

Darchei Noam validates the Jewish identity of those who identify as Jewish through both matrilineal and patrilineal descent. Jews who identity as Jewish through patrilineal descent will be considered Jewish for Darchei Noam religious purposes (i.e. aliyot, minyan, b’nai mitzvah). We recognize this differs from a traditional approach; however, we are mindfully choosing to lift up the value of inclusivity as we desire to build the Jewish community and not exclude from it.

Likewise, the Darchei Noam clergy will educate and encourage all members who identify as Jewish through patrilineal descent to consider taking steps toward traditional conversion to ensure that their Jewish status is never called into question. At Darchei Noam we will strive to educate not mandate and be mindful of everyone’s unique Jewish journey.

Fri, December 3 2021 29 Kislev 5782