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Frequently Asked Questions & Other Helpful Information

If you are planning to visit B'nai Israel, you may find the following information helpful.

Is parking available?
Yes, the parking lot has ample spaces for Friday evening and Saturday morning services.  But if the parking lot is full due to a big event, you can park across the street in Land Park. Please use the crosswalks when crossing the street.

Do services start on time?
Yes! It is a good idea to plan to arrive five to ten minutes prior to the start of services to avoid rushing to find a seat in the sanctuary. If you arrive late, please come in and find a seat in the back.  After the Friday evening service, feel free to join the congregation for refreshments and socializing at the Oneg Shabbat in the social hall.

What should I wear?
At the Friday night service, most congregants dress in casual or business casual attire. Attire for a Saturday morning B'nai Mitzvah service is dressier, but jackets are not required. If you have any questions about what is appropriate, please don't hesitate to call our office at 916-446-4861.
When attending services, participants may choose to cover their heads as a sign of respect in the Sanctuary by wearing kippot (also known as yarmulkes or skullcaps). You'll notice that some people wear a Tallit (prayer shawl) during services where the Torah is being read, but since that serves a religious purpose, non-Jews do not do so.

During religious services, in the Sanctuary, please refrain from using cell phones, cameras or other electronic devices.

What can I expect to take place during the service?
When you enter the sanctuary doors on Friday evenings you will be greeted by ushers who can answer any questions you may have and they will hand you a service flyer that tells you a bit about who is leading the service. During the service, our rabbi will let you know when to stand and when to sit.

If I have any questions, who can I ask?
At Friday evening services two temple members in the foyer will greet you. Several of our Board members will be introduced during the service and are available to speak with you after Friday evening services at the Oneg in the social hall. Board members and staff wear name tags so they are easy to recognize.

What should I do if I have a young child who starts to cry or who is having difficulty being quiet during the service?
We welcome families at all of our services. However, if you are in doubt as to whether or not your child is being disruptive to other congregants, it is usually best to take your child out of the sanctuary. 

Can I get a tour of the synagogue?
Yes! If you would like a tour, please email Leslie Oberst, Executive Director, or call the office at 916-446-4861.

Can I speak with the rabbi or cantor?
After Friday evening services, Rabbi Alfi and Cantor Steinberg are often available in the social hall at the Oneg. This is a good time to introduce yourself.  If you would like to have a lengthier meeting, please email the Clergy Assistant, Dominque Evans, or call the office at  916-446-4861 to schedule an appointment.


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