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A gabbai is a person responsible for calling congregants up to the Bima to chant blessings before and after the reading of each passage from the Torah. An aliyah is the Hebrew term referring to the honor of congregants ascending to the platform where the Torah is read. Additionally, a gabbai stands on each side of the Torah reader to follow along during the reading to correct any errors made by the reader.
Ushers are volunteers who assist congregants during services. They also coordinate the flow of participants during the section of the service when the Torah is read. Congregants can be honored with taking the Torah out of the Ark, receiving an aliyah, lifting and wrapping the Torah, and returning the Torah to the Ark.
Interested in being a Gabbai or an Usher?
Please contact our Ritual Chairs: Marcus Besser & Mitchell Shore
The Ritual Committee, a diverse group that is representative of the congregation, works closely with our clergy to review the congregation’s spiritual needs as well as religious programs and services, including Shabbat, daily minyanim and holiday observances. Members work with the clergy to recommend policy, manage procedures, discuss questions of Halahah, educate, encourage participation and work to involve our members and youth in the religious life of Adath Israel and the community.
Torah and Haftorah readers are individuals skilled in reading and chanting the Torah and supplemental readings (Haftorah). The readings have specific rhythms and tones associated with them to enhance their spirituality and meaning (cantillations). For more information about learning how to read and chant from the Torah and/or Haftorah, or to be added to the Cantor's email distribution list for Torah Reading updates, please contact Marcia Schulman by email.
Want to sign up for a specific reading? Click here to enter our online Sign-Up!
1. Go to the Sign-Up Genius Link above.
2. Click on "Find a sign up".
3. Enter: [email protected] (that's how you get into the Adath Israel section), which will bring up a list of active AI sign ups.
4. Click on the date you would like to read, which will bring up a list of portions for that date.
5. Sign up for whichever Torah portion/s or Haftarah are still open.