By Steve Barberio, Executive Director
Serving as an usher or greeter at Bet Shalom is one of the most rewarding volunteer activities that a congregant can undertake during the year. Whether it’s a Shabbat service on Friday night or in the morning on Saturday when a young person becomes a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, our ushers play a crucial role in helping members and guests feel comfortable when they arrive and as they spend time in services.
We are also starting to put together our schedule for ushers during the High Holidays. Very soon, everyone should receive the annual High Holiday letter from Rabbi Locketz, which will include the full schedule of services and other activities. Virtually all of those activities require ushers to help manage the High Holidays at Bet Shalom. Up to 1,000 people attend services and ushers play a very important role in making the services run smoothly.
Lastly, we often need ushers for other services and activities throughout the year. For example, when we have a Shiva service or festival service, ushers are needed to pass out prayer books to those attending. Again, this is an important role that our members play in helping people feel welcome and comfortable at Bet Shalom.
If you’d like to volunteer as an usher this year at Shabbat services, during the High Holidays, or during other services throughout the year, please let us know. Amy Yoelin, our Membership and Communications Coordinator, is now scheduling volunteers for the year and she can help you find the right fit. You can call her at 952-933-8525 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to be an usher.
Thank you to all of our ushers who have volunteered in the past; we hope you’ll sign up again this coming year.