Receiving an honor

Our worship services are heavily participatory. From time to time you may receive an honor and be called to help perform part of a service.

Opening the ark for the Barchu

  • Approach the ark

  • Open doors by pulling them sideways

  • Face the ark

  • The cantor will chant the first verse, "Barchu et Adonai Hamvorah"

  • The congregation chants the second verse "Baruch Adonai Hamvorah L'Olam Vaed."
    Bow at "Baruch Adonai" and stand back up at "L'Olam Vaed"

  • The cantor will repeat the second line, remain facing the ark

  • When the cantor finishes, you may turn around and return (read more)

Aliyah (prayer before and after Torah)

  • Approach the bima when your name is called

  • If the rabbi/gabbai does not already have your Hebrew name, he/she may ask you for it when you approach the bima.

Before the Torah portion is read

  • Touch your Tallis or the Torah belt to the Torah and then touch it to your lips (the person who is leining will point out where to touch the Torah)

  • Chant the first line of the blessing for the (read more)

Raising and dressing the torah

  • Unroll scroll to show a few columns

  • Hold the two handles of the Torah and gently pull it toward you so that the bottom of the scroll extends slightly off the lectern

  • Bend your knees slightly and push downward on the handles. This will lever the Torah upward.

  • Raise the Torah and turn around to show it to the congregation (for about ten seconds)

  • Carry the Torah to the side seats (the gabbai will direct you), sit down (bring your (read more)
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