Sign In Forgot Password

Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions? We've got answers!

 Do I need to be a member to attend services or participate in programs at Temple Adat Shalom?

With very few exceptions, neither membership nor payment is required to attend services at Temple Adat Shalom. If you are looking for a Jewish community, we invite you to visit, try us out, and see if you feel a connection to our Temple community. First time visitors are encouraged to call our Executive Director at 858.451.1200 or email info@adatshalom.com -- if we know you are coming, we'll be sure someone is looking out to welcome you!

We are able to open our congregational home to the broader community because of the generosity and support of our members, so if you do feel that you'd like to be part of our community and participate on a regular basis, we'd love to welcome you into our congregation as a member. But first, let's get to know each other.

As is common in Reform congregations, membership or tickets are required to attend High Holy Day services on Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah morning, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur morning. All other worship services are open to the community. Reservations and a small fee may be required to attend some of our programs, but we'll be clear about that in our advertising of those programs. 
 

What if I don’t know the prayers? What if I don’t know Hebrew?

The prayers you need are written in your heart. The prayers in the prayer book are amazing resources to help you access what is locked on the inside. Our prayer book, Mishkan T'filah, includes Hebrew prayers, transliteration (a phonetic version) of those prayers, and translation and interpretation of all prayers in English.

If you don't know Hebrew, don't worry--much of our services is in English, and our clergy will keep you on the right page of the prayer book so that you can see the prayers, read along in the transliteration, or read along in English. If you get lost, do what we do--peek over at your neighbor's prayer book to find the page, or just quietly ask your neighbor where we are--we're all happy to help! 
 

What if I’m not Jewish? What if my spouse or significant other is not Jewish?

As a Reform Jewish congregation, Temple Adat Shalom welcomes all who are interested in exploring Judaism and living a Jewish life. For as long as there have been Jews, there have been those who, although not born to our faith, inhabited and participated in our community. A large number of our congregants are interfaith, and non-Jewish spouses and partners are invited to participate in our congregational life. We consider a non-Jewish parent who is raising a Jewish child to be a special blessing, and we are honored to be part of your family's Jewish journey. 

If you are wondering whether Judaism is the right faith for you, or if you are already in the process of converting to Judaism, our clergy and Outreach committee are here to help you learn more and support you. Our congregational life is enriched by the contributions of those who choose Judaism.
 

What if I want to raise my kids Jewish but am not sure how? 

You're in the right place! Our clergy and educators are always available to offer support and guidance. If your children are very young, enrollment in our Ganon Gil Early Childhood Education Center, and/or attending our monthly Tot Shabbat programs are a good start. If your children are old enough to go to school, our Mosad Shalom Religious School offers a curriculum that ensures children learn about our Jewish faith, history, values, and the Hebrew language, and supports families as they build Jewish lives together. Our family Shabbat services on the first Friday evening of the month are another great way to connect your family with their Jewish faith and heritage.
 
If you missed getting a Jewish education when you were a child, we offer a variety of educational programs for beginners, and our Levitt Library is full of resources to help you learn more. It is said that the synagogue is where Jews are made, and at Temple Adat Shalom you will find a variety of resources to help you raise Jewish children and live a Jewish life.
 

What is Reform Judaism?

 Reform Judaism is one of the progressive, liberal branches of Judaism. We are guided by the imperative of Tikkun Olam, to repair the world, and the principle of inclusion. We affirm the central tenets of Judaism: God, Torah, and Israel, while acknowledging the diversity of belief and practice among Reform Jews. For Reform Jews, ritual practice is a matter of personal conscience. We welcome interfaith couples and families, we believe in the full equality of women and men, and we are committed to the full participation of gays and lesbians in synagogue life as well as our larger society. For more information about Reform Judaism, we invite you to explore the Union for Reform Judaism website.

When are your Shabbat services? Can I watch services online?
 
From September through June, our Friday evening Shabbat services begin at 7:00 p.m. in our Marcus Sanctuary. During July and August, our Friday night services begin at 6:15 pm, and are held in our beautiful open-air courtyard. Occasionally, throughout the year, we will hold Adat Shabbat services, which include a family-style dinner, and those services will begin at 6:00 pm. You can confirm the start time of any Shabbat service by checking our Upcoming Events listed on this website or by calling the Temple Office at 858.451.1200.
 
Friday evening Shabbat services are available to watch live online. Click here for links to our streaming services.
 
Saturday morning Shabbat services are always held at 10:00 a.m. in our Marcus Sanctuary. We provide online live streaming of Saturday morning services only when there is a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and the family requests online streaming.
 
Tot Shabbat services take place monthly on either a Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. or Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Check our monthly calendar for dates and times.
 

Click here for more detailed information about our Shabbat services.
 

 

 

Wed, November 21 2018 13 Kislev 5779