We encourage participation from all who seek a connection to Jewish life and want to be part of our sacred community regardless of religious background, race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, ability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Membership Has its Benefits!
Members Have the Opportunity To:
- Meet with our clergy for pastoral care
- Hold life-cycle events such as weddings, brit milah, baby namings, b’nai mitzah and funerals in our Sanctuary
- Enroll your children in our Jewish Learning Center (reduced tuition with Family Membership)
- Reduced tuition in Growing Seed Learning Academy for children and grandchildren
- Travel with us on trips to Israel and around the world
- Rent our spaces for other purposes such as meetings and other gatherings
- Participate in members-only groups such as our Religious Life and Social Committees
Frequently asked questions
You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! If your question is not answered here, or if you would like to speak with someone at WMT, please contact us!
WMT is a smaller, more intimate congregation, and we pride ourselves on being welcoming and inclusive to newcomers and guests. We are located across the street from White Meadow Lake – in warmer weather, we hold Friday night Shabbat services on the beach as the sun sets beyond the water.
As Jews, we are our own small town, and community is everything. WMT isn’t just a building: it’s a community center in the most meaningful sense of the words. Here you will find your chevre (close-knit group) with whom you will share joys, sorrows, Shabbat dinners, and holidays while having full access to our clergy and a large variety of programming.
Yes! As long as there have been Jews, there have been those who, although not born to our faith, inhabited and participated in our community. WMT has dual-faith families and families where one member is identified Jewishly and the other is not religious but is supportive to the partner and to raising Jewish children. We value the questions and concerns non-Jews have about Jewish life and are committed to helping provide points of learning and engagement every step of the way.
Absolutely! WMT warmly welcomes all races, religions, interfaith families, individuals with special needs, and LGBTQ individuals.
Men (optional for women) of all ages and faiths should make sure there is a kippah (yarmulke/head covering) on their head. Also, Jewish men (optional for women) of Bar Mitzvah age should wear a tallit (the four cornered garment required for morning prayer). On Shabbat, cell phones should be turned off. Electronic gadgets should not be used in the building because of the Sabbath. Finally, make sure you have a prayer book and Chumash (Torah book) at your family’s socially-distant table. You are ready!
We have members from different areas of Morris County including White Meadow Lake, Rockaway, Denville, Boonton and Wharton. We also have members who stay connected with White Meadow Temple from Arizona, Massachusetts, Florida and North Carolina.
The prayers you need are written in your heart. The prayers in the prayer book are wonderful resources to help you access what is locked inside. Our prayer book includes Hebrew prayers, transliteration (phonetic version) of those prayers, and translation and interpretation of all prayers in English. Our Rabbi and service leaders will keep you on the right page of the prayer book so you can follow through transliteration or read along in English. If you get lost, do what we all do: quietly nudge your neighbor and ask where we are – we’re all happy to help!
While belonging to White Meadow Temple means belonging to a Conservative synagogue, we are above all else a Jewish community. Our members include families who have been part of this congregation for generations and young families who are integrating Jewish observance and ritual into their lives for the first time. As a Conservative congregation, we preserve the traditions of Jewish practice, and services are conducted primarily in Hebrew. We also worship in a way that gives men and women equal opportunities to participate in all aspects of religious practice, including the reading and study of Torah.
Yes, we do! Please don’t bring any food into the synagogue without Rabbi Charlie’s approval.