The Synagogue and the Kehillah
Every Synagogue has the responsibility of providing for its members a well-rounded, diverse program of activities which touches every area of Jewish life. We know that to be true; indeed, we take it for granted, but we sometimes forget that synagogue participation is a two-way street. If the synagogue is obligated to provide certain activities, then surely the Kehillah are obligated to participate in them. Joining a congregation is like entering into a covenant; both parties have responsibilities, and the synagogue cannot really function at its best unless those obligations are met.
Worship, education, community -- these are goals of every synagogue. As you become part of our Family, we are grateful for your support, but we hope you will want to contribute toward the survival of Judaism and the Jewish people in other ways as well. Indeed, we ask you to become partners with us in creating an institution that will truly be a storehouse of the Jewish spirit. We want our synagogue to be a place where we can give thanks to God, explore the richness of our heritage, and be reminded that we are part of a people whose mission it is to perfect the world. We want our synagogue to be an extended family in which people are willing to be there for each other, a place where we can find comfort in time of trouble, courage and hope when in doubt or difficulty, and when in joy, a celebration of our happiness. We want our synagogue to be a place where we can create memories for our children, memories so powerful that they will seek to pass them on to their children and their children's children. We want our synagogue to be a place which encourages its members to take responsibility for their own Jewishness.
It is in this spirit, then, that we present to you the following Mitzvoth as a basic requirement for your participation in our synagogue. We hope you will use this list as a guide in determining your own level of involvement and participation in this activities. Please know that the more you are able to do, the greater the possibilities for personal enrichment and the more you will feel part of our family.
Beit Tefillah - House of Prayer
Beit Midrash - House of Study
Beit Knesset - House of Assembly
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