How do I follow the service?
The Power Point (we call it our eSiddur), projected at the front of the sanctuary, is the simplest place to start. It contains transliteration and translation of Hebrew words in to English, song lyrics, Scripture readings, and other helpful directions.
What is the outline of the service?
Although our services are different each week, you will find that the outline of the service is consistent - including music & David dance.
- Opening prayers - Barechu/Ashrai/Matovu/Teflilat Ha Talmiim
- Mourners Kaddish
- Prayer Over Children
- Torah Service
- Offering & Announcements
- Drash (Sermon)
- Kiddush - blessing over the wine & bread
- Aaronic benediction
- After the service, you are free to join us downstairs for coffee & bagels!
What is the etiquette during the service?
Singing and Praying together. Join in with Hebrew and English songs and prayers as much, as you feel comfortable. The Lai, Lai, Lai’s aren’t difficult! We ask that you not play musical instruments such as tambourines or shofars.
Standing and Bowing. We stand a lot during worship. There will be clear cues for you to rise during worship. There will be clear cues for you to rise during specific portions of the service. You will notice many people bowing as an act of reverence before the Lord at different times during certain prayers. If this is unfamiliar to you, do not feel obligated to bow. You’ll get the hang of it over time!
Dancing. We incorporate Israeli-style folk dance as a worship expression during certain parts of the service. We ask that you participate only if you are already familiar with the dance steps. Classes will be given from time to time.