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)