The Temple Beth-El Usher Corps is always looking to add a few good men and women to its ranks. Although the time commitment is minimal, our ushers fulfill the important functions of making our fellow congregants feel at home and fostering an appropriate environment for worship. If you are able to volunteer for two or three Friday night, Saturday morning, or holiday services per year, please contact Charlene Levy at (516) 487-0900 ext. 110.
The only reserved seating is for current and past presidents, clergy family and the physically challenged. Seats may not be reserved or held for any service except for congregants who are parking cars. Fifteen minutes before services start, ushers will ask you to relinquish any seats you are holding. If you need reserved seating because of a physical condition, please notify the temple office in advance of the service(s) you plan to attend and accommodations will be made.
Signers are Available
Congregants have volunteered to sign for the rabbis' sermons if there is a request for this service. If you are hearing impaired and can be assisted by a sign language interpreter for the sermons, please call the temple office at 487-0900 in advance of the service(s) you plan to attend and we will make the appropriate arrangements.
Hearing Enhancement System
Our Hearing Enhancement System is available for use during services held in the sanctuary. If you require use of the system, headsets are available. You can request a headset on your High Holy Days ticket request form or call the temple office at 487-0900 ext. 110 in advance of the service(s) you plan to attend. You will be asked to leave your driver's license or a credit card as a form of security and as a reminder to you to return the headset before leaving the temple.
To ensure the safety and comfort of all congregants, a specific area has been designated for the seating of individuals who are wheelchair-bound. If you require a place for your wheelchair and you have not already noted your request on your High Holy Day ticket request form, please notify the temple office in advance of the service(s) you plan to attend so appropriate accommodations can be made.
Large Print Prayer Books
Made possible by generous support from the Sisterhood Helen Zaner Services for the Blind Fund, large print prayers books are available for use on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Requests for the use of large print book can be made on your High Holy Day Ticket Request Form.
Do you have a young child or for whom you would like babysitting during High Holy Days Services? We offer babysitting for children from ages 2-6 yrs. for daytime services only. Children participating in the Family Services are welcome at babysitting after the program ends. We will leave it to parental discretion for the age at which you feel comfortable leaving your child with a babysitter. However, we cannot accommodate children who are above third grade. Those children are invited to worship with the adult members of their families.
If you have not already noted your babysitting needs on your High Holy Days ticket request form, please call the temple office at 487-0900 ext. 110. Please provide dates and times of the services for which you need the babysitting service, and the ages and number of children needing the service.
Parents and children can celebrate the High Holy Days together at Temple Beth-El, where we offer family services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Here are the details.
At 10:00 a.m., on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we hold a program for 2 - 7 year olds, accompanied by an adult, featuring books related to the holidays. Rosh Hashanah Time and Yom Kippur Time include a sing-along and craft project.
At 11:00 a.m. on Rosh Hashanah, we hold Rosh 'n' Roll. At 10:00 a.m. on Yom Kippur, we hold Yom Atone. These are energetic, child-centered services for 3rd - 6th graders accompanied by an adult. They include age-appropriate singing and dancing designed to introduce the structure of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer services. We hope your 3 to 7-year olds participate in both programs on both holidays.
Our Tashlikh Service is popular with adults and children alike. It takes place at 4:00 p.m. on Rosh Hashanah afternoon at Steppingstone Park. It lasts less than one half hour.
On Yom Kippur, we hold our Family/Readers Service (for families with children who are readers) at 5:30 p.m. At the conclusion of the 5:30 p.m. Family/Readers Service, the children who have participated in the service provide our community with an uplifting experience as they enter the Sanctuary and we join together as one Beth-El community for the closing blasts of the shofar.
All these services give the youngest members of our congregation a sense of the beauty and holiness of the day in an age-appropriate setting.