Current (February 2009) CBT Ritual Policy statement as adopted at the 2006 Annual Meeting.
Congregation B’nai Torah is the traditional conservative congregation serving greater Southwest Washington.
- Head covering and Tallit
- Men are required to wear a head covering when in the sanctuary and during services
- According to their custom, men may wear a tallit during services, but must wear one when called to the Torah
- Although not required, post bat mitzvah age women are encouraged to wear a head covering and tallit when in services and when called to the Torah.
- Order of calling to the Torah
- Congregation B’nai Torah follows the traditional system of Cohen, Levi and Israel.
- When multiple Cohanim/Leviim are to be called, the additional ones shall be called in the order the family or synagogue desires.
- Cohanim and Leviim may be called for the Maftir aliyah as well in order to say the Haftorah.
- The Haftorah may be chanted by the Maftir aliyah or by another call-up. That call-up may have someone else say the blessings in Hebrew.
- The Haftorah may be read in English or Hebrew. Hebrew is encouraged.
- Appearance in Synagogue
- Religious services are a time of holiness and congregants should dress appropriately.
- If one does not know the Torah Blessings or the Kaddish, please signal the Gabbai who will arrange for assistance.
- The Chazzan shall ask before the Mourner’s Kaddish if anyone needs assistance. Ritual Committee members are to observe and assist as well.