Shul Etiquette

We hope that your visit to Temple Beth Sholom will be a warm and positive experience. To help you feel at home and to respect the synagogue as a house of worship, we ask that you follow a few simple guidelines.

Building & Grounds

  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building or on the grounds.
  • All electronic devices, including cell phones and pagers, should be turned to off or silent setting.
  • Children are welcome to enjoy the play area in the Brown Family Social Hall and parents are required to make sure that the area is tidy after children are finished playing.
  • Children are welcome to play in the outside play area and must have adult supervision.
  • To respect the ability of others to enjoy our facilities, please keep children from running in the building.
  • We maintain a dairy kitchen. When bringing food to shul, please do not bring anything with meat, poultry or non-kosher seafood.

In the Sanctuary

  • When called to the Bima for an Aliyah or to read Torah, a kippa (head covering) and a tallis (prayer shawl) are required.
  • We request that all members and guests dress appropriately for a synagogue service.
  • No food or beverages are allowed in the sanctuary.
  • Photography is not permitted.
  • Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please take a child out of the sanctuary who is crying or otherwise negatively disrupting the service.
  • A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is religious service, not a performance; please refrain from applauding during the service. Alternatively, it is appropriate to say “Mazel Tov” (congratulations) or “Yasher Koach” (May your strength be firm).

Thank you for respecting our sacred space.