Ritual Committee

Our services are warm and spiritual.  The Rabbi begins by welcoming everyone and setting the tone of inclusiveness.  The Cantor sings with melodies that are familiar and inviting.  We use the Mishkan Tefilah prayerbook.  In addition to the traditional elements of the service, we also include a “Mi Shebeirach”, where all attendees are invited to speak the names of individuals that are in need of healing.  Plus, each service also has a few minutes devoted to sharing the blessings in each of our lives.  A festive Oneg Shabbat is held after our services.

On most Friday evenings during the months of September through June, our Shabbat Services begin at 8:00 PM.  About six times during that time period, services we will begin at 6:30 PM (please check the calendar).  All of our summer services (July and August) begin at 6:30 PM with crudites and wine beginning at 6:00 PM.  Saturday morning Shabbat Services begin at 10:30AM.  When there is no Bar/Bat Mitzvah, there are either special themed services or a Torah Study, also beginning at 10:30 AM and ending with bagels and coffee.

We use Mishkan Hanefesh prayerbooks during our High Holidays. On the first evening of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, services begin at 8:00 PM.  Morning services for the two days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur begin at 10:00 AM.  Children’s Services are held at 1:45 PM on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur and are open to the entire community.   First Day Festival Services begin at 10:30 AM. Yizkor Services are held on Yom Kippur at 3:00 PM and at 10:30 AM on the final day of Passover, Sukkot and Shavuot and are open to the community.

Traditionally, boys are named at a Bris and girls are named at Friday evening or Saturday morning Shabbat Services.  At Temple Judea, both males and females may be named in Temple if the child has at least one Jewish parent. To schedule a baby naming, please contact the Temple Office at least one month in advance with two or three possible dates in mind when the parents and child will be able to be present.

Saturday Morning Services are at 10:30AM and include our Bar and Bat Mitzvah candidates.  Saturday afternoon/ early evening, Havdalah Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services are also available.  Families choosing the Havdalah Service are required to use our Caterer, Hasson Caterers.  Bar/Bat Mitzvah dates are scheduled for our students at the end of the fourth grade.  To schedule a Kiddush or reception at the Temple with our Caterer, please contact them directly at 516 625 1200 as soon as you receive your date.

Blessings of soon-to-be-married couples are, by our tradition, held at one of the Shabbat services  prior to the nuptials. This event takes place at Friday evening Shabbat Services. To schedule an Aufruf, call the Temple Office as far in advance as possible with two or three dates in mind when the couple can be present.

A wedding held at Temple Judea is arranged through the Caterer, Hasson Caterers. They may be reached directly at 516 625 1200.  We suggest that prior to finalizing the date with the Caterer, you contact the Rabbi to coordinate his availability on your possible date. If the wedding is not being held at Temple Judea, you will need to personally arrange with the Rabbi and/or Cantor their availability for the ceremony prior to scheduling any firm dates. The prospective wedding couple should schedule an appointment with the Rabbi a few months prior to the marriage.

The Rabbi and/or Cantor officiate at funerals of members and immediate family of members, either at a Funeral Home, a cemetery or in the sanctuary of The Temple (under certain conditions). Please contact clergy through the Temple Office before scheduling the date and time of a funeral. For those who would like a funeral service to occur in the sanctuary, contact the temple office to find out the availability of the sanctuary and then contact a funeral director from Riverside Nassau North Chapel in Great Neck, our sextons. Minyans during the Shiva period can be arranged through the Temple Office. In addition to the Rabbi and Cantor, there is an experienced Caring Committee member available when requested.

Unveilings can be scheduled for a person whose family is in good standing. Contact the Temple Office to schedule an unveiling where the Rabbi or Cantor will officiate.

For illness, death or other times of need, a congregant might want to talk to the Rabbi or Cantor. If you cannot reach either of them directly, kindly call the Temple Office for assistance.

Members of our Caring Committee are also available to reach out to support a congregant in need of special services. If you need someone to visit a hospitalized patient or someone ill at home or to conduct services during a period of mourning or other times of need, please call the Temple Office and arrangements will be made to have someone contact you directly.