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Welcome First Time Visitors!

If you are planning to visit B'nai Israel for the first time, you may find these answers to frequently asked questions 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 cross walks 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 night 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 Bar/Bat Mitzvah service is dressier, but jackets are not required. If you have any question 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, please do not use 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 nights you will be greeted by ushers who can answer any questions you may have and they will hand you a service flyer which 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 night services two temple members in the lobby will greet you. Several of our Board members will be introduced during the service and are available to speak with you after Friday night 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. On Friday nights, you can take advantage of our free childcare in our Youth Lounge.

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

Can I speak with the rabbi or cantor?
After Friday night 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 call the rabbi's executive assistant, Ryanne Steele at 916-446-4861 to schedule an appointment.


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