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BAR AND BAT MITZVAH 

 

What is the appropriate attire to wear to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah?  Please dress modestly and a notch or two above casual.  We ask that all men wear a kippah or yarmulkeh, and we ask that all Jewish men wear a tallit or prayer shawl.  We encourage women to wear tallit as well.  We offer women head coverings during services, though it is optional.  All women who ascend the bimah must wear a head covering.   

What time do the Shabbat afternoon / Havdalah B'nei Mitzvah services begin?  These services begin approximately 15 minutes prior to the candle lighting of that Shabbat.

 

THE COMMUNITY 

Are you a super religious community?  We are a community that is welcoming to all Jewish people, and their families, no matter where they are in their Jewish journey in life.  Our community and clergy pass no judgment on others but want all who join to feel comfortable in a loving and safe Jewish environment. 

 

INTERFAITH FAMILIES 

Is an interfaith family welcomed in Midway Jewish Center?  Interfaith families are absolutely welcomed to Midway.  We have interfaith families who belong as they have found a spiritual home at Midway. 

 

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL 

What will my child learn in your Religious School?  Our curriculum is designed to expose children to the Bible, prayers, customs and ceremonies, and raise their Hebrew proficiency level so that they can both read and understand rudimentary Hebrew. 

Do we have to be congregants for our children to attend Religious school?  If your child is in kindergarten or first grade you do not have to be a member of Midway. Once your child reaches second grade you must sign membership forms and join Midway Jewish Center.

 

KIDDUSH

We are having a Kiddush on Shabbat morning. Why must everything be brought into the synagogue on Friday?  Shabbat begins on Friday at sundown and ends Saturday with the appearance of three stars in the sky. We do not carry anything into or out of the synagogue during Shabbat. You may pick up any items that you leave behind at the conclusion of Shabbat.
 
If we decide to have a Kiddush at Midway why must we use only caterers listed on the catering panel? All the caterers on our panel have been thoroughly checked for their kashrut. We may only bring kosher food into the synagogue and Midway keeps a strict tab on which caterers receive approval. 

 

RELIGIOUS SERVICES 

What time are your services?  
Sunday through Thursday evenings: 8:00 PM
Friday evenings: 6:00 PM and every third Friday there is an 8:00 PM service
Saturday evening:  10 minutes after candle lighting when there is no Bar/t Mitzvah and 15 minutes before candle lighting when there is a  Bar/t Mitzvah
Sunday morning:  9:00 PM
Monday and Thursday morning:  6:15 AM
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings:  6:30 PM
 
Do you have services geared specifically to families with Religious School -aged children?  Yes.  The first Friday of each month, October through May, 6:00 PM, we have such a service during which our Religious School students take a leading role in conducting the service.  Everyone is welcome to this abridged but spirited service.  Also, every Shabbat morning during a week when Religious School is in session, beginning at 9:30 AM, we have family services. 

We have a toddler.  Can we bring him to services?  Absolutely!  We are a kid-friendly congregation and love having kids in the service.  The First Friday of each month, throughout the year, we have Tot Shabbat for preschoolers at 7:00 PM.  We also have a Tot Shabbat on Shabbat mornings beginning around 11:00 AM.  Please contact the synagogue office for an up-to-date schedule.

Do you count women in the minyan?  We are a fully-egalitarian synagogue which means that women are counted in the minyan, are called to the Torah, read from the Torah, lead services, and if they so choose, don tallit and tefillin.

I don't read Hebrew.  Will I be able to follow a Conservative service?  Of course you will!  Although there is much Hebrew, we announce pages often, the translation of the service is always in front of you, you'll enjoy Rabbi Rank and Rabbi Levenson's informal style of speaking and the easy-going spirit that characterizes a Midway service.  We also feature the Singing Siddur, a transliterated prayer book that will allow you to join in the Hebrew singing as the prayers are written out in English letters.

Do I have to dress up for services?  All we ask of you is to dress modestly and respectfully.  Ours is not a dress-up community.

Do you have morning and evening minyanim?  Everyday--see the service schedule for exact times.

YAHRZEIT 

When are the names of the deceased read?  We read the names of those for whom yahrzeit is observed at Shabbat evening (8:00 PM) and Shabbat morning services.  The names that are read are those whose yahrzeits are observed from Shabbat through the following Friday.
 
When does Midway turn the light on next to the memorial plaque?  The memorial light is lit on the Friday before the yahrzeit.