Customs & Etiquette
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 (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. Sometimes we will hold an early Service at 6pm and have a dinner or program after, especially on certain holidays, like Chanukah or Independence Day. 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 [email protected].
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.