When You Visit…
Welcome to T&V!
Every Synagogue has its own customs and culture, so we thought you might like to know a little about ours.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at: 212 677 8090 x 0.
What are T&V’s Services like?
We are an inclusive, egalitarian, traditionally Conservative congregation and we welcome participation of all our members and guests in our services.
Members and guests participate in Services with aliyot (honors), and special readings to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, conversions and to also observe a yahrzeit (anniversary of the death of a loved one). If you wish to have an honor for such an occasion, please contact the Ritual Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Rabbi (email@example.com) or the Cantor (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance of the day and we will make every effort to accommodate your wishes.
We believe that active community participation in our services enriches and deepens our worship. We are gratgeful that so many of our congregants read Torah, chant Haftarah, give Divrei Torah (commentary), and lead services throughout the year.
If you have read Torah or chanted Haftarah before and wish to do it again, please let us know. We’d be happy to arrange this for you. If you would like to read a particular Parashah or Haftarah, please contact us in advance at: (email@example.com) and again, we will try to accommodate your wishes.
If you’re interested in learning how to read Torah or chant Haftarah, we encourage you to join one of our classes in Haftarah and Torah chanting, and in daily and Shabbat services that are offered throughout the year. Many of regular lay service leaders learned this way! This could be you too!
Since the Sabbath is a day of rest and contemplation, distinct from the rest of the week, we observe certain traditions. We refrain from smoking, writing, conducting business, taking photographs, handling money and using cell phones or other electronic equipment, especially in synagogue.
There are several moments in the service when we ask that you wait in the back before taking your seat in the sanctuary. These are specifically during the Shabbat service: silent Amidah, Kedushah, Mourner’s Kaddish, when the Ark is open, Torah readings, Haftarah readings, the rabbi’s sermon, and special cantorial presentations. A greeter at the door, one of our congregants, will guide you and answer any questions.
As a sign of respect, men are asked to cover their heads when in the building and women are encouraged to do the same. Kippot (skullcaps) and other head coverings are available in the main lobby, upstairs in the Sanctuary, and outside the Flax Chapel (on the first floor).
Jewish men and women are encouraged to wear a tallit (prayer shawl) in the sanctuary during Shabbat and morning weekday services. If you are going to read Torah or lead prayers, please put on a tallit first. You can find them in the back of the sanctuary or in the Flax Chapel. Men and women are encouraged to wear tefillin for weekday morning services.
We ask all people who attend services to wear appropriate attire for Shabbat and holidays. Business casual attire is encouraged.
Everyone is welcome to join us for Kiddush (reception- light lunch), following Shabbat morning services each week and on many holidays. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, revisit with friends and get to know each other better. Members of the congregation frequently sponsor Kiddush as a way to celebrate a special occasion with the community or acknowledge an important moment in their lives. If you are interested in celebrating and sharing in this way, please call the office 212-677-8090, ext. 0 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming you to T&V! See you soon!