An egalitarian home for your Jewish community.
Creating Our Sacred Space
- Using cell phones, PDAs, and other electronic devices
- Using flash photography
- Writing, smoking, or loud talking
- Entering or leaving when the congregation is standing or the congregation is being addressed from the Bimah
- The person who leads a Prayer Service is the formal representative of and public facilitator for the Jewish community in prayer. For that reason, this person must be Jewish.
The person who performs any of the following tasks must also be Jewish:
- Opening the Ark
- Chanting Torah or Haftorah
- Reciting the traditional blessing before or after Torah reading (aliyah)
- Lifting the Torah (hagbah)
- Dressing the Torah (g'lilah)
- Delivering a talk about the Torah portion (d'var Torah)
- Leading the Prayer for Healing (m'shebairach)
- The person who leads the congregation in a public recitation of a blessing must be Jewish. A blessing is that which 1) includes the words asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav ("who has sanctified us with G-d's commandments") and 2) asks for the congregation to respond "amen".
- We invite persons who are not Jewish to perform those parts of the service that are more universal rather than focused on strictly Jewish elements such as Torah. These include poems, contemporary readings, and most psalms.
- We invite persons who are not Jewish to accompany a Jewish participant who is involved in the Torah-related activities listed above, as an affirmation of respect.
- We invite the non-Jewish parent of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah to recite a special prayer in English as he or she joins the Jewish parent receiving an aliyah.