Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Baby N' Me!
At Congregation Netivot Shalom
Wednesdays, 9:15 am -10:30am
Oct. 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14
Join CNS Preschool Director Lauren Kindorf in this new offering
at Netivot Shalom for babies, toddlers, parents and caregivers!
We'll meet on Wednesdays for stories, songs, parachutes, parenting discussions, and more!
Please register with Lauren at (510) 549-9447 x110 or email@example.com.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
- Ritual Committee Mission Statement (Archived January 2007)
- Services Schedule
- Guide to Shabbat Morning Services
- Minyan Lev Shalem Melody Bank!
- CNS Shabbat Morning Audio Guide!
- Becoming a Jew
- Drashot and Writings
- Teshuvot of the Committee of Jewish Law and Standards
- "Halakhah" section of MyJewishLearning.com
- Rabbi Creditor's writings on Conservative/Masorti Judaism
Congregation Netivot Shalom Ritual Committee Mission Statement
"Make me a House and I shall dwell among them." (Exodus 25:8)
We are commanded to create the space and environment in which God shall dwell. God will not abide in the synagogue we build together, but among us, the community. Our challenge is to permit God to dwell in our midst and to fashion an environment in which God's presence is felt. As individuals and together, all our behavior is directed to that purpose.
While the Ritual Committee is specifically charged with creating that environment, ultimate responsibility lies with every committee and each person in the congregation. Emet Ve-Emunah reminds us: "The synagogue and special seasons or events can be catalysts for prayer, but only in the soul of one who is ready to seek God."
The Ritual Committee of Congregation Netivot Shalom sets standards for religious observance so that ritual practice, in a manner consistent with Conservative Judaism, becomes a means to achieving a nearness to God. Accordingly, the Ritual Committee sees both outer form (keva) and inner devotion (kavannah) as integral to the religious experience and seeks to ensure that both are celebrated in all religious services. Central to the mission of the Committee is working with the rabbi, the mara d'atra (local authority) and posek acharon (final decisor) in deciding halachic issues, in interpreting halachah; defining religious policies and practices; implementing and enforcing policies, including oversight of all Congregation Netivot Shalom-sponsored religious events and services; setting standards for service leaders, torah readers and gabba'im; and working with other committees to cultivate knowledgeable service leaders and foster participation in services. The Committee is uniquely responsible for hiring and supervising a Ritual Coordinator; setting and supervising ritual requirements for youth and b'nei mitzvah; procuring ritual objects; and continuously evaluating ritual policies and practices to meet the needs of congregants' religious lives.