In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Prepare the group to observe the guidelines you have been given by your contact at the synagogue you will visit. For example, explain where youth will find yarmulkes to put on before entering the worship sanctuary; explain where male and female participants may sit during the service. As needed, explain that the tradition of covering one's head reflects respect for God's sacred space and that the separation of men and women is intended to minimize distraction in the synagogue.
Provide guidance for the observations you expect youth to make during the visit. If you have made a handout, distribute it. Tell youth to write their observation notes after, not during, the worship service. Mention that religious Jews do not write on the Sabbath and it would be disrespectful for a guest to write, as well.
Attend service at a synagogue. If possible, meet afterward with someone knowledgeable in Judaism or with the synagogue's youth group for discussion.
After the visit, follow up with participants on the observations you suggested. To prompt further discussion, ask:
Visit the temple ahead of time to locate accommodations for youth with disabilities.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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