Frequently Asked Questions

General

Q: Do you have an active sisterhood and brotherhood?

A: Yes we do, and they hold regular events throughout the year. Click on the following links to see more about the Men's Club and PS Women.

Q: What type of Tikkun Olam (charity) programs do you offer?

A: We have many Tikkun Olam programs throughout the year but our biggest program is Mitzvah Day where we have various programs happening throughout the day, from helping plant new tree growth, to working at a soup kitchen. Please contact the office to sign up.

Q: Can I rent out PSC’s social hall for a private function?

A: Yes, you can! To reserve the space and go over the details, please contact the office.  Click here or use the link at the bottom of this article to see some ideas on how you can decorate it for your special occasion.

Bar / Bat Mitzvah

Q: When should I ask to get a date for my child’s B’nai Mitzvah?

A: As soon as you know you want to have it.  Typically, after the child enters 5th Grade in primary school.  We do not schedule more than one Bar/Bat Mitzvah per Shabbat, so if you need a specific date, be proactive about making arrangements for it.

Q: Is there a document that describes how B’nai Mitzvah training and celebrations are handled at PSC?

A: We have a thorough Guide that will answer most of your questions.  Click here or use the links at the bottom of this article to access it.

Education

Q: I would like to learn Hebrew; does PSC offer any classes for adults?

A: Yes, please check the Adult Education page or contact Cantor Doron at cantor@peninsulasinai.org for a schedule of classes.

Q: How do I start a Jewish bedtime ritual with my children?

A: Our education department offers many practical suggestions for establishing Jewish traditions in your family.  Contact educator@peninsulasinai.org for more information.

Social Opportunities

Q: How do I sign up my kids for teenager education activities?

A: Contact Cantor Doron at cantor@peninsulasinai.org.

Q: How could my family join a Chavurah?

A: Our office Manager or Clergy would be delighted to make the necessary introductions so that you get to meet with people who are in Chavurot.

Religious Practices

Q: How do I request to lead a prayer, read the Torah, or speak during services?

A: A sign-up sheet to lead upcoming services, Torah portions, and Haftarah is available at http://peninsula-sinai-torah-roster.wikispaces.com/. You can edit the page and sign yourself up.

To speak at an upcoming service, contact Rabbi Helfand at rabbi@peninsulasinai.org.

Q: How do I prepare food for an event at PSC?

A: PSC maintains a Kosher kitchen which is available for your use in your event.  Please read the Guide on Kashrut which governs the use of the kitchen and preparation of food at PSC.  Click here or use the link at the bottom of this article to access it.

Q: What can I expect at PSC religious services?

A: A detailed guidance document can be downloaded below that describes:  Conduct (some guidance), Context (description of Ritual Objects and Architecture), and Content (description of the service). Click here or use the link at the bottom of this article to access it.

Q: Are musical instruments permitted at PSC?

A: At PSC the use of musical instrumentation is permitted ONLY on non-Sabbath days, non-festival holidays/non-halakhic times (Hanukkah, Tu B’shvat, Purim, Lag Ba’omer, on Friday nights before sunset), and the festival day of Simchat Torah. Musical instrumentation is prohibited on the Sabbath and all other Festivals. Detailed guidance can be downloaded below. Click here or use the link at the bottom of this article to access it.

PSC Committees

Q: I have some free time that I can give to PSC.   How can I find out what skills are needed and how I can help the congregation?

A: We are deeply grateful to our volunteers for all they do to keep the PSC functioning. We could not run this organization without each and every member’s contribution of personal time. Each one of us is a stakeholder in PSC. Whether you are interested in serving on the Board of Trustees or feel you can only handle a small project, please drop an email to president@peninsulasinai.org with your contact information and a description of skills, abilities, or projects you would like to work on.

Q: How do I become a Trustee?

A: Trustees have two-year terms, they are elected by the current Board of Trustees.   To be considered for election please contact the President at president@peninsulasinai.org.

Q: How much work is it to be a Trustee?

A: Trustees are expected to attend a monthly board meeting on the second Wednesday of each month, and to actively participate in one (or more) committees which typically meet once a month.  Trustees have ushering duties three times a year.

Q: How can I become involved in a specific Committee?

A: See the Section on PSC Committees under Community to see how the work is broken down.  Then ask the office team to put you in touch with the committee’s chair.

Website

Q: I would like to have an advertisement for my business/ services appear in the Business Network.

A: Please review our advertising policy and contact the PSC Office.

Q: The website has a problem / I am having a problem with the website?  Whom should I notify or ask for assistance?

A: Send an email to webmaster@peninsulasinai.org describing the problem you are experiencing.