Visitor’s Guide

Lake Park Synagogue is pleased to welcome guests to our services. Here is some practical information to help you feel welcome, whether you are Jewish or of another religious faith.

Location:

Lake Park Synagogue is located in a house on the northwest corner of Hackett and Hampshire Avenues, one block east of Downer Avenue and one block north of Kenwood Avenue.

When are services held?

Services are held on the Sabbath (Saturday) and on Jewish holidays.  Services start at about 9 AM and end at around noon. We suggest that visitors come at about 10:15, which is when the Torah reading begins. The rabbi’s sermon typically follows the reading. We do not usually hold weekday services except for holidays.

The LPS newsletter, Ruach. will provide information about special services or changes of time or location. (There is also a link to Ruach on the LPS website.) You are also welcome to call or email the office or the rabbi for information or to let us know you’re coming.

What should I wear?

Women generally wear skirts or dresses, but it’s acceptable to wear pants. Some men wear jackets and ties, but trousers and a shirt or sweater are equally acceptable.

Should I cover my head?

Jewish men wear a head covering (a kippah, or yarmulke.) If you wish, you may take one from the box as you enter the building.

What should I do when I arrive?

The entrance is on the ground floor and the services are held upstairs. If no one greets you when you walk in, just go upstairs and enter the sanctuary through the glass door.

Where should I sit?

Men and women sit separately; you’ll see where to go when you enter the sanctuary.

What about books?

The two books we use are on the bookshelves in the sanctuary. Take a prayerbook (“siddur”) and a printed copy of the Torah (“chumash”). We use the Artscroll siddur. Page numbers are announced frequently and posted on the board by the south window. (Copies of the Birnbaum siddur and a Russian-Hebrew siddur are also available.) For the Torah readings, both the Hertz (Soncino) and the Stone chumashim are available, and we announce pages in both of them.

I’m not familiar with synagogues. How will I know what’s going on?

We don’t have official greeters, but members of our congregation will be happy to help you follow the service. Just ask the person you’re sitting next to!

Is there anything I shouldn’t do?

In keeping with Jewish tradition, we do not use the telephone or turn on or off lights in the synagogue on the Sabbath or holidays.  Please turn your cell phone off during services.

What should I do after the service?

After the Shabbat service, people usually wish each other “Shabbat Shalom.” Then we go downstairs to the social hall for “kiddush” (refreshments.) The rabbi says a blessing over the wine before we start eating.  The kiddush is often sponsored by a congregant in honor of a special person or event. Everyone who has attended the service is welcome to stay.