FAQs

BAR AND BAT MITZVAH

How do I make arrangements for Bar/Bat Mitzvah training? Check with our Education Director approximately 1 year prior to your child’s 13 th birthday. An entire procedure is prepared, explained and coordinated by the Education Director and Clergy.

What is the appropriate attire to wear to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Please dress modestly and a notch or two above casual. We ask that all men wear a kippah or yarmulkeh, and we ask that all Jewish men wear a tallit or prayer shawl. We encourage women to wear tallit as well. We offer women head coverings during services, though it is optional. All women who ascend the bimah must wear a head covering.

EDUCATION

Do you have a Jewish Pre-School? Yes. It is housed at Rodeph Sholom and run by the JCC North Tampa. Call 813 962 2863 for more information or online at www.jewishtampa.com/jcc-programs/preschool .

Do you have a Jewish Day School? No. However, Hillel School of Tampa fulfills this need. Call 813 963 2242 for more information or online at www.hillelacademytampa.com .

THE COMMUNITY

We are a community that is welcoming to all Jewish people, and their families, no matter where they are in their Jewish journey in life. Our community and clergy pass no judgment on others but want all who join to feel comfortable in a loving and safe Jewish environment.

INTERFAITH FAMILIES

Is an interfaith family welcomed at Rodeph Sholom? Interfaith families are absolutely welcomed to Rodeph. However, ascending the bimah and honors are limited to the no-Jewish partner.

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

What will my child learn in your Religious School? Our curriculum is designed to expose children to the Bible, prayers, customs and ceremonies, and raise their Hebrew proficiency level so that they can both read and understand rudimentary Hebrew.

Do you have a Hebrew School? Yes. It meets Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 until 6:00 PM.

KIDDUSH

We are having a Kiddush on Shabbat morning. Why must everything be brought into the synagogue on Friday? Shabbat begins on Friday at sundown and ends Saturday with the appearance of three stars in the sky. We do not carry anything into or out of the synagogue during Shabbat. You may pick up any items that you leave behind at the conclusion of Shabbat. If we decide to have a Kiddush at Rodeph why must we use only caterers approved by Rodeph? All the approved caterers have been thoroughly checked for their kashrut. We may only bring kosher food into the synagogue and Rodeph keeps a strict tab on which caterers receive approval.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

What time are your services?

Friday evenings: 6:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday Morning: 9:15 AM

Sunday morning: 9:15 AM

Monday through Friday morning minyan: 7:15 AM

We have a toddler. Can we bring him to services? Absolutely! We are a kid-friendly congregation and love having kids in the service. The First Friday of each month, throughout the year, we have Jammies & Jeans for preschoolers at 6:00 PM.

Do you count women in the minyan? We are a fully-egalitarian synagogue which means that women are counted in the minyan, are called to the Torah, read from the Torah, lead services, and if they so choose, don tallit and tefillin.

I don't read Hebrew. Will I be able to follow a Conservative service? Of course you will! Although there is much Hebrew, we announce pages often, the translation of the service is always in front of you.

Do I have to dress up for services? All we ask of you is to dress modestly and respectfully. Ours is not a dress-up community.

Do you have morning and evening minyanim? Everyday-- see the service schedule for exact times.

YAHRZEIT

When are the names of the deceased read? We read the names of those for whom yahrzeit is observed at Shabbat evening (6:00 PM) and Shabbat morning services. The names that are read are those whose yahrzeits are observed from Shabbat through the following Friday.

When does Rodeph turn the light on next to the memorial plaque? The memorial light is lit on the Friday before the yahrzeit.

IN TAMPA

Are there any kosher restaurants or grocers in South Tampa? No. There are many vegetarian restaurants of different styles, but nothing strictly kosher. We have a Trader Joe’s, but no kosher grocers. There are a few kosher caterers who may assist.