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About Our Welcoming Downtown Toronto Synagogue

General Information

We are delighted that you are interested in the First Narayever Congregation. Our congregation welcomes visitors, and we want to make the experience of those who come to our services as comfortable and rewarding as possible. Here are some things that might be helpful to know about us.

Liturgy

Our shul follows the traditional Hebrew liturgy, with changes made for the purposes of gender egalitarianism.

Services

Services are held every Friday night (6 pm), on Shabbat morning (9am), and Sunday morning (9 am), as well as on Rosh Hodesh and festivals. We take great pride in our strong congregational participation in services – congregational members routinely assume the role of prayer leader for our services, and all are invited and encouraged to take an active role in our service. Children are welcome at our services. Our informal atmosphere means that kids sometimes come in and out of the sanctuary during the service — we enjoy and appreciate their presence. We serve kiddush lunch after services every Shabbat and most holidays. Both members of the shul and visitors are welcome to join us for lunch downstairs.

Non-Jewish guests are always welcome at our services.

For first timers

We make an effort to try and welcome new people. If you’re a visitor and we happen perchance to miss you, please introduce yourself to the usher, to the president, or to the rabbi — we’d love to meet you.

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