Visit Beth El on any Shabbat or holiday and you will be struck by the extraordinary participation of members across all demographic groups. From the ultra observant to those who are getting their first taste of celebratory life at Beth El, the energy and involvement is contagious. Much of this mood and behind the scenes planning of these celebration is the work of the Ritual Committee.
The Ritual Committee, under the umbrella of Tefillah (prayer), meets monthly to plan and discuss the upcoming holidays. Working closely with the cantor and rabbi, the committee revisits previous holiday celebrations and evaluates what worked, what didn’t, and how this year’s event could be even more meaningful for the members as well as the outside community.
The Committee is integral in shaping the ritual life of the congregation. The sphere of Tefillah (prayer) encompasses such diverse areas as: Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Hevra Kadisha (Holy Society), Catered dinners, Kiddush and Oneg (food following services), Usher corps, to name a few. The Beth El community is evolving and the Ritual Committee keeps our rituals and observances fresh and ever changing. Continued input into this important area is vital to the life of our congregation.