The Siddur or prayerbook may be found on a table by the entrance to the sanctuary or in the rack in the back of the pew. We recite and sing prayers in Hebrew for the most part, but an English translation is available usually on the facing page. Books open from right to left.
The Chumash, the larger, red volume, contains the Five Books of Moses divided into 54 weekly portions.Hebrew for portion is Parashah. Following each portion the editors have inserted the section or sections from the Prophets that are linked to that week’s Torah portion. A selection from the Prophets is called the Haftarah. On Shabbat morning, the Haftarah is read right after that week’s Torah portion. The Chumash also contains rich introductory material, translation and footnotes.
Holiday Prayerbooks special to that holiday are set out for use for the Three Pilgrimage Festivals.. For High Holy Days congregants are expected to bring their own prayerbooks, though a few loaners are available.
Men are expected to wear a head covering, a kippah, when in the building. Bins of kippahs are available near each entrance. Women are expected to wear head covering if they will be on the bimah. They may wear a hat, a kippah or pick up a bit of lace and a bobby pin from the rear counter to pin to their hair.
Many people wear a prayershawl, (tallit) during Shabbat (Saturday) morning services as well as during the other services at which Torah is read: Saturday afternoon, Monday and Thursday morning
In egalitarian worship–Men and women may sit together and may serve in any ritual or organizational capacity.
Congregational participation is encouraged. We are a singing synagogue.
Any Jew who knows the prayers may lead a part of worship services, by prior arrangement. Those who would like to lead a part of the service are urged to contact Rabbi Panitz to find a time, or to learn the part. Non-Jewish spouses or friends may take part in worship services by being called to the Torah as the partner of a Jewish person who is sharing that honor, or by being asked to read one of the prayer that asks God’s blessing on our Country or that prays for Peace.