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Why Genesis works...

The Genesis partnership is the only relationship in the U.S. between two diverse congregations, who share the same building. The two congregations maintain their separate identities to worship however, both TBE and St. Claire's have many of the same values and participate together in shared community service and social activities. This true win-win relationship has existed for over 40 years. - Murray Rosenthal (Genesis of Ann Arbor President 2020-2021)


Members of the St. Clare's of Assisi Episcopal Church and Temple Beth Emeth congregations publicly signed a joint declaration of support for the Nationwide Sanctuary Movement on June 8, 2018. Click on the image below to learn more.

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Solar Roof Project

In February 2020, a 160 solar panels (a 64-kW system that was installed) began to generate about 30% of the electrical power used by the Genesis of Ann Arbor. Genesis is a partnership between Saint Clare's of Assisi Episcopal Church and Temple Beth Emeth, a Reform Jewish congregation. To learn more, see WJN article written by Murray Rosenthal on page 7.

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Social Justice

Members of the two congregations work together on a number of service activities: An annual Mitzvah in the community; the Back Door Food Pantry; assist with the Alpha House and the Rotating Homeless Shelter.

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