Eligibility for honors
All are welcome to attend and participate in our services, regardless of ethnicity or religion. In keeping with tradition, aliyot, and most of the other ritual honors during the service may only be performed by Jewish people. As our congregation affiliates with the Conservative Movement of Judaism, the designation “Jewish” for all ritual purposes applies only to someone born to a Jewish (biological) mother, or someone
who has undergone a formal conversion ceremony in keeping with our movement’s standards. If in doubt, or if you have specific concerns about this, please speak to the rabbi well in advance.
While most of the honors can only be performed by Jewish people, we have special honors for non-Jewish family members and guests as well. This is especially encouraged if a parent or grandparent happens to not be Jewish. If this is relevant, please specify in "Other requests" at the bottom of this form.
Hotza'at Sefer HaTorah - Taking the Torah Scroll out of the Ark
Please list honorees in order of importance to be honored. The actual order of the aliyot will be determined by the rabbi and/or gabbai.
Families typically assign five
of the seven aliyot, with the remaining two aliyot reserved for other congregants marking important occasions that week. Individual circumstances often differ, though, and the rabbi will do his best to accommodate your particular preferences.
As an egalitarian congregation, we ask that, as much as possible, an equal number of women and men be honored with aliyot.
Lifting and tying the Torah scroll
These honors may be given to Gentiles. Note that the prayer for Israel is read in Hebrew.
Hakhnasat Sefer HaTorah - Returning the Torah Scroll to the Ark
We will try our best to accommodate your requests, though we cannot guarantee that we will be able to grant them.
All recipients of the above honors must be in the synagogue by 9:30 AM. If they are not present when the Torah is taken out, their honors may be
given to someone else.