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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Wrong Way!

Bat Mitzvah rehearsal starting and I can’t find the right door at the synagogue. The building is just so large and there aren’t any directional signs. I try the first set of doors. Locked. Mumbling to myself, I get back in the car and drive to the left. Nope. Those doors are locked as well. Now I’m late. And starting to panic. Cursing to myself, I drive to the right. Around and around and around the building.


No. This was not a rabbi’s bad dream.

This was this rabbi’s experience while visiting an out-of-town shul.

It was an important reminder for synagogue professionals to enter their own buildings as if they are visitors. Are entrances clearly marked? Is there someone to greet newcomers when they first enter the building? Even if it is not Shabbat? Are bathrooms easy to locate? What about babysitting or the coat room?

We all proclaim to welcome the stranger. How are we doing??

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday, 20 August 2009 12:01 am

    Are bathrooms easy to locate?

    All you have to do is say a special Bracha and the doors open up. It is an Elvish word. Sorry, got caught up in my Lord of The Rings Fantasy again.

  2. Thursday, 20 August 2009 7:54 am

    ugh, what a yucky way to start…glad you found it eventually and YES we all have to make sure everything is accessible as possible. good reminder!!!!

  3. knittnkitten permalink
    Thursday, 20 August 2009 10:13 pm

    I always figured those hard to find entrances were part of the security measures.

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