FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Temple Beth-El
06012012-First-Friday1 1. When are Shabbat Services at Temple Beth-El and which service is right for me?    
Our participatory music-filled Friday night services are at 8:00 pm except for the first Friday of the month when we have a 7:30 pm service often preceded by a potluck Shabbat dinner. 
Shabbat morning worship is at 10:00 or 10:30 am (please check the web calendar) sometimes in the main sanctuary. Dress is casual.  Once a month we hold a Tot Shabbat at 10:30 am for families with children age 5 and under – babies too.
An up-to-date schedule is always on our website at www.betheljc.org.   All ages are welcome at every service.
2. How do I sponsor an Oneg Shabbat or Kiddush?
We love to have members sponsor the desserts on Friday nights after our services or a light lunch after Shabbat morning services.  Members often do this for happy occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries, or in memory of a loved one’s yarzeit.  Sign up online with this form.
3. When is weekly Torah study and who attends?
Torah study is incorporated into our Shabbat morning services.  Everyone is welcome.
4. How do I schedule a life cycle event such as a baby-naming, wedding or Bar/Bat Mitzvah?  Can I have the celebration in the social hall?
Please contact Rabbi Moritt at the temple office as early as possible to schedule these happy events. We encourage you to use our Social Hall for the meal or reception following an event and we keep the fees very low.  For Bar/Bat Mitzvah services, families whose children are enrolled in our Religious School will be contacted to set a date about two years in advance of their 13th birthday
at-the-Jewish-Museum 5. When do children start Religious School?
Our school runs from September through May on Sundays from 9:30-12 noon and welcomes children from Kindergarten through grades 7.  Children may join mid-year as well.  If you plan on celebrating Bar/Bat Mitzvah with us, we do have a requirement to begin Hebrew and Judaic study several years in advance.
6.  How do I contact or meet with Rabbi Moritt? What if it’s an emergency?
For non-emergencies, Rabbi Moritt can be reached by phone at 201 333 4229 where you can leave a private confidential message on her extension (press 1).  She likes to meet with congregants personally and is available throughout the week either at the temple or in downtown Jersey City, except for her day off (currently Mondays.) You may also reach her at rabbimoritt@betheljc.orgIn an emergency, please contact Rabbi Moritt by phone.  Call the temple office at 201-333-4229 to reach her during temple hours.   If she is not there, the office staff will give you her cell number. If you reach the temple voicemail, choose Rabbi Moritt’s personal mailbox (1) and her cell number is on the outgoing message.  Leave emergency messages in both her office voicemail and on her cell, please.

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