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Worship FAQs

Are you new here? Want to try out a Service but have some questions first? Here's a list of frequently asked questions. If you still need an answer, please reach out to us via phone at 561.747.1109  or email and we'd be happy to help you.

When are Shabbat Services?
Temple Beth Am holds Shabbat Services every Friday evening, typically at 7:00pm. Services are also streamed live on our Facebook page and via Livestream. On certain holidays, like Chanukah or Independence Day, the timing may vary. The correct Service time for the desired week can always be found on our calendar page, or by contacting us at 561.747.1109 or tba@templebetham.com.

If you'd like to attend Services in person, RSVP is required to the Temple office at 561.747.1109 by 5:00pm on the Thursday before, as there is limited capacity. Social distancing  guidelines are outlined below.

What COVID protocols do you have in place?
1. Masks will be required to be worn by all attendees in order to enter the building, and through the entire Service.
2. The sanctuary will be cleaned between each Service. 
3. Seating will be spaced six (6) feet apart between each party. (Families may sit together.)
4. To accommodate safely distanced seating, reservations will be required and capacity will be limited. 
5. Hand sanitizer will be available in the lobby as well as the entrance to the sanctuary. 
6. Anyone wishing to wear a kippah or tallit may bring their own, no communal basket will be available.
7. All available seats will be marked with signs. Seats which are not marked are not available. Anyone found to tamper with the signs will be asked to move. 
8. The Temple doors will open for arrival at 6:40pm for the 7:00pm Service. The lobby will not be available, and anyone arriving earlier than 6:40pm will be asked to wait outside. Please maintain physical distancing when entering and leaving the building and sanctuary.
9. Once inside you will be directed to your seat. For the safety of others, we ask that everyone remain in their seats, and not mingle in the lobby. Those wishing to mingle after the Service may do so under the portico in front of the lobby doors with masks and physical distancing. 

I'm not a member. Can I come to...
Of course. All are welcome here. Want to learn more about us? Read more about who we are  and what makes us different

Are prayer books provided?
Yes, prayer books are available in the slot on the back of the pew in front of you.

What if I don't know Hebrew?
That's OK. Our prayer books are a mixture of English, Hebrew, and transliterated Hebrew (meaning it uses English letters but phonetically spells out the Hebrew words). All page numbers and instructions are given in English. 

How do I know when to stand, bow, etc.? 
The Service leaders, typically referred to as clergy, will announce when they'd like the congregation to rise. The congregation typically rises during certain prayers and when the ark is opened. Stand with the rest of the congregation as you are able.

What should I wear?
Anything from business casual to semi-formal attire will be fine. Most congregants refrain from shorts, jeans, and flip-flops.

Do I need to wear anything like a yarmulke?
The donning of a kippah  (yarmulke) or tallit   (prayer shawl with fringes) is a personal preference at Temple Beth Am. Both men and women may choose to wear these ritual garments during prayer. Kippot and tallitot (worn during morning Services) are provided at the entrance to our sanctuary for those who wish to wear them.

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