Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of synagogue is Temple Solel?
Temple Solel is a Reform synagogue, affiliated with the national and international Reform movement. Reform Judaism is considered the most “liberal” stream of American Judaism. Of all the streams – Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox – Reform Judaism’s embrace of the modern world and its lessons is the strongest. Reform Judaism prioritizes making informed Jewish choices; ongoing Jewish learning; meaningful, beautiful worship; gender equality; and tikkun olam (repairing the world through social justice).
What are services like at Temple Solel?
You will find our services to be a sweet blend of old and new, traditional and experimental. Much of the service is in Hebrew, and much of it is sung – both by Cantor Israel Rosen and by the congregation itself. Temple Solel uses the Reform movement’s current liturgies, and Rabbi Plost always adds teaching and introspective moments to the worship experience. Services on Friday evening (erev Shabbat) begin at 7:30 pm, and last for about an hour, followed by a Oneg that all are welcome to attend.
Do you ever have special Shabbatot?
Yes – regularly! The first Shabbat of every month includes honoring those who are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, and usually contains instrumental music that adds to our joy in worship.
Do you have services on Shabbat morning?
For the Summer, we will not be conducting Shabbat Morning Services. We hope to start again in the Fall.
What about festival services?
We have a mixture of evening services and morning services, especially when yizkor (memorial) prayers are offered.
How many years of religious school do my kids need in order to celebrate becoming bar/bat mitzvah?
Temple Solel requires four years of Jewish education, and regular attendance, in order for children to be eligible to celebrate bar/bat mitzvah. Religious school is on Sunday mornings.
What kinds of opportunities for ongoing Jewish growth are there at Temple Solel?
Where do we start? Our continuing education program is dedicated to making Judaism meaningful – through Torah study on Shabbat mornings (9:30 am), book groups, evening classes, Hebrew classes for adults, our theater group…..whatever your interest, you will find it here at Temple Solel.
Are there groups like Sisterhood and Brotherhood?
Absolutely. We are committed to the ongoing engagement of all of our people, and providing opportunities for socializing and friendship.
How is Temple Solel involved in the larger community?
Our Tikkun Olam committee is committed to outreach to the Liberia community. We have an annual mitzvah day that benefits the community outside our walls. We have been involved in the eradication of modern-day slavery and hunger issues. We are one of the few Reform synagogues in the United States that has become active in the Sea Level Rise issue, and we have been working with other faith and community groups to raise consciousness about this massive challenge.
What is Temple Solel’s position on Israel?
Solel has historically been very supportive of Israel and Zionism. Rabbi Plost and Rabbi Frazin are strong Zionists who visits Israel regularly, and who preaches and teaches about Israel on a regular basis. Temple Solel sponsors trips to Israel, and we encourage our young people to spend significant time there as well.
My spouse is not Jewish. Will he/she be welcome at Temple Solel?
Absolutely. We have many families in which one spouse is not Jewish, and we pride ourselves on making them feel included. We are dedicated to fostering Jewish life, and we are eager to help people find their own GPS in doing so.
Are LGBTQ individuals and families welcome at Solel?
Absolutely – and unequivocally. We at Temple Solel recognize and embrace the fact that Jewish family life comes in all shapes and sizes, and we are here to help you feel welcome.
Can I simply attend High Holy Day services?
Of course, we encourage all Jews in our community to become affiliated with a synagogue – preferably Temple Solel. For those who are not ready to make that commitment at this time, we offer a “passport” to Temple Solel for the High Holy Days that will allow you to worship with us. For security purposes, all worshippers must have a passport in order to gain entry into our synagogue for the High Holy Days.
What if I cannot afford full dues?
We at Temple Solel recognize that some people find synagogue dues structures to be a little challenging. Nevertheless, we are committed to building the Jewish community and helping Jews find meaning. We will work with you. We are simply happy to have you with us. Please call or email the Temple Office at email@example.com if you need assistance.
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