Bar/Bar Mitzvah Guide:
NINE - The Rules Of Shabbat

In order to create and preserve a special atmosphere of religious celebration on Shabbat, the following rules must be followed:

  1. No photography, video recording, or audio recording is allowed anywhere on Temple grounds onShabbat or Yom Tov. We would be most appreciative if you would advise your guests accordingly. 
  2. No recorded or instrumental music is allowed in the Temple on Shabbat. If you choose to host a Saturday evening reception at the Temple, musicians must be informed that they may not bring instruments into the building and they may not begin to play or test their amplification until Shabbathas ended. The synagogue will determine the correct time for this. 
  3. Smoking is forbidden anywhere on Temple grounds on Shabbat
  4. Cell phones and other battery operated devices should be turned off and not used while on the Temple premises. 
  5. No deliveries (flowers, decorations, etc.) will be accepted after 12:00 noon on Friday. Nothing may be delivered or brought into the Temple on Shabbat. Nothing may be removed from the Temple untilShabbat is over. Please make arrangements with the Executive Director for storage and pick-up of food, decorative materials, etc. 
  6. Cooking is not permitted on Shabbat. Warming and re-heating are allowed within certain guidelines. Please discuss your specific plans with the executive director well in advance of your event. 
  7. No money (including checks) may change hands on Shabbat and Yom Tov. Please advise your guests ahead of time not to bring gifts to the synagogue. 
  8. Candle-lighting is not allowed on Shabbat, either as decoration or as part of a ceremony. The Cantor has alternative suggestions to substitute for Shabbat candle lighting. 
  9. Writing is forbidden on Shabbat. Pens, pencils, crayons, etc. cannot be used for any purpose onShabbat anywhere on Temple grounds. 
  10. If you are hiring a bus to transport your guests to a simha celebration, please discuss with the Executive Director the location and time for pick-up. 
  11. Proper dress and behavior are essential for religious ceremonies. Clothes worn by family and guests should exemplify modesty. Low cut dresses, short skirts or tight fitting clothes are inappropriate as are sneakers and casual school clothes. Foul language and destructive behavior will not be tolerated. 

To Sum Up 

  1. Your family will have several opportunities to participate in the service. 
  2. Becoming familiar with the service during the months prior to your simha will be personally enriching and invaluable on the day of your family simha
  3. Certain activities are prohibited on Shabbat and Yom Tov and the decorum of all guests is expected. 
  4. The celebration is most appropriately framed as a Seudah Shel Mitzvah

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