Frequently Asked Questions
I am not a member (or not Jewish), can I still come to services?
Absolutely! All our services, including our High Holiday services, are open everyone.
Do I need to wear a kippah (yarmulke), tallit, or anything else?
Totally up to you! Many of our members (women and men) choose to wear a head covering and/or a tallit during services, and find it to be a meaningful spiritual practice. Others do not, and we respect their decision.
But I don’t know Hebrew!
Our congregational prayer books (siddurim) contain Hebrew, English and Hebrew transliterations (Hebrew in English letters). We call out page numbers and instructions in English.
I’m not even sure I believe in God…
We all have our different beliefs, and even the most devout are not always sure what they believe. Nobody will grill you about your beliefs or your personal practices. Come and see if you find our services meaningful – you may be surprised.
Are your services Reform/Conservative/Orthodox/…?
We are an independent congregation, and take pride in offering a variety of styles of worship. Our Friday Night, monthly Shabbat Ruach, High Holidays and Festivals services are musical, and are in a unique style blending Reform, Conservative and Jewish Renewal traditions. We emphasize congregational participation and lots of singing. Once a month we hold a Friday Night service which follows the Reform tradition more closely, along with a soloist and a piano/organ accompaniment. Our early Saturday morning is in the Reform tradition and the later service is closer to the Conservative tradition. Check out our different options, and see which ones fit you the most.
Is there a dress code?
Nope! Just come!
What holidays do you celebrate?
There's a beginner's guide right here!
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1008 W. Water St. Elmira, NY 14905
Shabbat Service Schedule:
Friday Evening Service - 7:30PM
Saturday Morning Service - 9:30AM