I went back to Beth Shalom this morning. My previous visit, over a week ago, was at a morning prayer service, and it didn’t have enough substance me to give a fair grade.
Today is Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the month. If you thought it was the 8th day of the month, you would be wrong. Well, you’d be wrong if you were using a Hebrew calendar. Today is the 1st of Tammuz, in the year 5773. So if you’re attending a synagogue, you have to set your watch ahead by about 3760 years. Give or take.
As a special treat, Beth Shalom had a guest Rabbi doing the lesson, a fellow named Ira Stone. He was apparently the very first Rabbi of this particular synagogue, but has since moved to the East Coast.
This morning (5/31) I got up extra early to attend a minyon at Beth Shalom.
I’m going to have to go back, because I didn’t realize that a minyon is just a prayer service, and there really wasn’t a lesson of any kind being taught, so I can’t grade the synagogue based on this experience.
I was invited to a Bar Mitzvah this weekend, but I don’t think I can make it. I’m going to have to visit it another week.
But even though I won’t be giving it a grade, I do have some observations.
I got there a little early, just as the person leading the minyon was arriving. He unlocked the door and we went in. He seemed like a pretty nice guy. We didn’t go into the main sanctuary, but into a study room that was kind of like a library with some chairs lined up like pews in front of a table.