Introduction to Ritual Practices at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid
Our congregation is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and as such has adopted synagogue ritual practices consistent with Conservative Halakha (law) and standards. These practices have been adopted and re-evaluated over many years by the Ritual Committee, based upon our understanding of Conservative Judaism; the decisions of the Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law & Standards; appreciation for the particular traditions of our own synagogue; and, of course, the guidance of our Rabbi.
These policies -- presented on separate pages of this Web site -- cover all synagogue ritual and every life cycle event. As synagogue members, we are all participants in synagogue ritual; and from time to time all of us, whether adult, teen or child, will participate, individually or as a family, in one or more of the life cycle events. Therefore, we present this summary of CBINT’s synagogue ritual decisions in an effort to encourage full understanding and appreciation of our interpretation of Halakha and standards. Please feel free to contact the Rabbi to discuss these matters in more detail.