Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of Services do you offer?

Services at The Shul at Newtown are designed to make everyone feel welcome and at home. The prayers, conducted with Hebrew/English prayer books, are lively, engaging and inclusive – spiced with inspiring tunes and insightful explanations throughout – allowing all to absorb the experience at their own level. Whether you consider yourself Reform or Conservative, Orthodox or unaffiliated, Sefardi or Ashkenazi, well-versed or unversed; at Lubavitch, the labels and classifications fall away – as we all stand equally beloved before G‑d. Sermons and announcements likewise speak to all participants, and are always topical, relevant, stimulating and enlightening.

Do I need to become a member to join the Services?

There is no requirement to become a member for you to join our services, neither do we charge for seats. However, we do appreciate contributions which assist us in being a non-member synagogue.

Will I be able to follow the entire Service if I am slow at reading Hebrew or unable to read Hebrew at all?

The services are conducted in both Hebrew and English and the page numbers are continuously announced throughout the services, allowing everyone to know where there service is at. Our prayer books have both Hebrew and English which allows everyone to pray in the language they feel most comfortable and to participate.

Do I need to bring a head covering, Talit or prayer book?

We will provide all our congregants with all the provisions necessary. If you would like to bring your own head covering or Talit, you are encouraged to do so.

What kind of program will you provide for my children?

Our children are provided with a special program run by our experienced Hebrew School and Youth Director, Rabbi Mendy Lezell. The children will join the adults for the Shofar blowing. The children's program allows parents the ability to participate in the service without having to tend to the needs of their young children.

Will my children be provided with a snack?

The children will be provided with a variety of snacks and a sandwich lunch, so there's no need to bring food of your own. If your child is on a strict diet or has allergies, we encourage you to bring a snack along (kindly inform the teachers at the program of any allergies your child may have).

I have a fear of Services being long and boring? Will the Services at Lubavitch be the same?

Absolutely not! We encourage you to come when the Main Service begins, at 10:30 AM. Led by our talented and energetic Cantor Yossi Goldstein, Jewish melodies will be included into the prayers, making our services interactive, entertaining and informative. 

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us and we will be more than glad to answer them.