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Religious Practices FAQs


Congregation Adat Reyim is a Progressive Conservative synagogue, which means many things to many people. We hope the following FAQ’s might provide our vision of Progressive Conservative for Congregation Adat Reyim.

Question: How much Hebrew do you have in your services?

Answer: We recite most major prayers in Hebrew. However, each service also has many prayers and readings in English. There is somewhat more Hebrew in the morning services than in the evening. Our primary siddur, Siddur Hadash, provides transliterations of many of the Hebrew readings used during our services.

Question: Does Adat Reyim keep Kosher?

Answer: Adat Reyim maintains a strictly Kosher non-fleyshik kitchen, but allows a degree of flexibility (dairy and pareve items only) for consumption in designated areas of the building, e.g. the classroom wing. This flexibility helps facilitate potluck events. Food brought in from the outside is coordinated with one of our mashgichim or event coordinator beforehand. Adat Reyim groups sometimes hold events in non-kosher venues (Dinner Club, Junior Youth Group, congregants’ homes, etc…)

Question: During my child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah, can my non-Jewish spouse have a role?

Answer: Non-Jewish spouses, who, by the way, are entitled to full congregation membership and participation, generally may participate in most aspects of your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, except for a few rituals involving the Torah scroll.

Question: Do you use musical instruments in your services?

Answer: For the most part, Adat Reyim follows the tradition of not having musical instruments in our services. However, we do have musical instruments at specially designated Erev Shabbat Folk Services once each month.

Question: To what degree do women participate in religious life at Adat Reyim?

Answer: Adat Reyim is fully egalitarian in principle and in practice. Women do, and are encouraged to, participate in all aspects of religious practice. These include leading services, having aliyot, reading from the Torah, chanting haftarot, and giving sermons (divrei Torah), as well as taking leading roles in synagogue governance, and committee and volunteer work.

Question: I’ve been to your services, but the melodies were different. Why don’t you use the same melodies I grew up with?

Answer: Our selection of melodies is drawn from our members' experiences and changes from time to time. If you volunteer to lead a part of a service, read from the Torah, or do a haftarah, you may use whatever melodies you are used to as our congregants will appreciate the variety.

If you have any further questions about Congregation Adat Reyim’s religious practices, please feel free to contact


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