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		                                    Rabbi Jay with the Kids		                                </span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Rabbi Jay is active with our religious school and you will often find him in the classrooms or participating in T'filiah (prayer) with the children.</span>
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		                                    Blessing of the Pets		                                </span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Each year we have an annual blessing of the pets. Adults and children bring animals ranging from dogs, cats, chickens, fish, horses, goats, rabbits and a few other strange creatures.</span>
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		                                    PTO Baking for Purim		                                </span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">The Temple Shalom PTO bakes Hamantashin for Purim. Some are sold in the PTO Purim Carnival, some are available at Erev Shabbat Oneg and some disappeared :)</span>
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		                                    Hanukkah Community Menorah Lighting		                                </span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">On the first night of Hanukkah, Temple Shalom held a community Menorah lighting. After the lighting we sang songs and all enjoyed delicious desserts.</span>
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		                                    Sukkot		                                </span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">During Sukkot, we have many activities including Sushi in the Sukkah and Jews and Brews (20/30s)</span>


Temple Shalom welcomes you to participate with us in our religious services and other temple events. To join us for Services and programs, please contact the office and register as a guest. You will be asked to provide your full name and a photo identification for security purposes.

We hope this introduction will provide you with the information you need to understand, feel comfortable, and get the most from your visit. 

PRAYER SERVICES AND BOOKS: As Jews, we pray directly to God, without an intermediary such as a minister or priest. The Rabbi, meaning "teacher," leads the services, announces which prayers are being said, provides explanations, and tells the congregants which prayers should be said while standing. If the Rabbi is unavailable, a lay member of the congregation will lead the services. The prayer books are written in Hebrew and have English translations for each prayer. Some books also have transliteration, i.e., Hebrew written in Roman letters. Since Hebrew reads from right to left, the books may appear to open from the wrong direction, but the pages are numbered so you will be able to follow the services.

TYPES OF SERVICES: There are three types of services at Temple Shalom each week, and you may attend any of them. While all services contain the same principle elements, there are some differences in the form and specific prayers. Temple Shalom is a member of both the Reform and Conservative movements of Judaism, and the services reflect the traditions of each movement. The Jewish Sabbath begins at sunset each Friday and concludes at sunset each Saturday. Therefore, the Sabbath services occur on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the services, including the refreshments and/or meals following them.

Our Friday evening, Erev Shabbat 7:30 pm services follow the Reform tradition. Much of the service is conducted in English, with some Hebrew. All of our Erev Shabbat services last 60 to 90 minutes and are followed by an "Oneg Shabbat," a reception starting with blessings over wine and bread, and continuing with refreshments.  The first Friday is Shabbat in the Round with wonderful songs and a lovely spiritual connection.  The second Friday we host two services--Family Shabbat at 6:00pm and Erev Shabbat at 7:30 pm.  If there is a fifth Friday, we host "Ask the Rabbi" as part of our service and encourage you to come with your Judaic questions.  

Saturday morning services follow the Conservative tradition. The service is primarily in Hebrew, with some English. The Rabbi begins at 9:30 AM by leading Sabbath morning prayers and songs. At 10:30 AM, the Torah service begins and the scrolls are read aloud and honors are given as Congregants are called up to the Torah. On Saturday morning we include a reading of the Psalms, or Haftarah.  The Musaf Service includes the standing prayers completed in silence followed by Mourner's Kaddish and concluding blessings. The service lasts until approximately 12:30 PM, and is followed by the blessings over wine and bread, and a collaborative lunch in the Social Hall. 

CUSTOMS AND PRACTICES TO BE AWARE OF: As in religious services of all faiths, there are certain customs and practices we follow. Most of them are required by Jewish law, and we appreciate your also observing them while at the Temple. (While you may be visiting in order to observe and learn, the synagogue is not a museum, and congregants are there to worship. Therefore, it may be offensive or disruptive if you do not respect the following.)

When attending services, please dress modestly (e.g., no mini skirts, short shorts, or sleeve-less blouses or shirts).  Boys and men are asked to cover their heads as a sign of respect in the Sanctuary by wearing kippot (also known as yarmulkes or skullcaps). They are available in the foyer.  Women may also wish to cover their heads, but it is not required. 
You'll notice that Jewish men and some women wear a Tallit (prayer shawl) during services where the Torah is being read, but since that serves a religious purpose, non-Jews do not do so.
Observant Jews do not work, conduct business, or create anything during the Sabbath, observing it as a complete day of rest. Therefore, while in the Temple on the Sabbath, please do not write or take notes, use cell phones or other electronic devices, use a camera or take pictures.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR STUDENTS: We understand that you may have an assignment to write a paper on what you observe and experience. Please wait until after you leave the Temple before you write down your observations. While you are at the Temple, feel free to ask the Rabbi, ushers, or congregants any questions about the services or Judaism. (Please remember that there is a wide range of knowledge and understanding about Judaism, and varying degrees of religious observance among Jews. Therefore, you may wish to clarify whether their answers reflect the personal beliefs and practices of the individuals you talk with, or whether they are universally accepted within Judaism.) The web site is especially useful in getting explanations and obtaining information about Judaism.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR CLASSES OR GROUPS: When you call the office, please let them know you'd like to attend as a group. If possible, we'll arrange for someone to talk with the group after the services, to provide additional information about the Sanctuary and Judaism, and to answer questions. 

Visitors and Guests: To join us for Services and programs, please contact the office and register as a guest. You will be asked to provide your full name and a photo identification for security purposes.

Sun, August 19 2018 8 Elul 5778