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Simcha Recognition and Guidelines


  1. Jul 2006 Digest 113
    I recently attended a Bat Mitzvah Service and noticed that in one of the hallways of the synagogue, there was a list displayed on a table with the names of congregants in need of healing. Next to it, there was another list with simchas listed...babies born, marriages, etc. I thought it said a lot about the congregation and sent a wonderful message that we need to be informed of what is going on in the lives of our congregational family so that we can do our part in helping and rejoicing. I plan to raise the idea in my own synagogue…
    250 families

  2. August 2007 Digest 169
    I refer you to a publication of the Department of Synagogue Management, entitled, Maintaining Your Holy Place—Synagogue Facilities. This document, available from your Regional Office or for viewing online (, has a section devoted specifically to Establishing Policies for Facility Use, as well as an Appendix which illustrates examples of how synagogues deal with the issue of renting their facilities for parties and other simchot.


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