Belonging to a synagogue is about creating community, and greeting is an important way in which you can contribute to our community’s Beit Tefilah (House of Worship). By serving as a greeter, you fulfill the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim, welcoming guests. We all know how good it feels when we walk into the Sanctuary having been warmly welcomed, having been directed to seats (especially if we are new or visiting the Temple), having been personally handed a program. How wonderful to do a mitzvah which gives one an “excuse” to be at Shabbat worship services! By greeting, you can help to enhance our community’s worship services by providing someone to warmly greet congregants and guests; assisting in directing people to prayer books, programs, kipot, tallit, and other worship items; helping parents find a quiet place for restless children during the service; and answering general questions.
What do greeters do before, during, and after the service?
The role of the Greeter is to make our guests feel welcome and make our members feel comfortable and proud. A smile and a warm welcome creates a great experience for everyone. The greeters welcome our visitors and members at the door, hand them a weekly program, guide them to the entrance of the sanctuary, and answer any questions they may have. Many guests just need to know where things are, such as the coat room and the rest rooms and even where they should sit. For the late comers, the greeter also helps our guests and members quickly find seats so as to not disturb the service. During the service the greeters help those who need to leave and return by guiding them to the rear door. When the service ends, the greeters open the doors and show the attendees to the Social Hall for the Oneg.