If you are planning to visit Devar Emet Messianic Synagogue for the first time, you may find these answers to frequently asked questions helpful.
Is parking available?
Yes, the parking lot has ample spaces for Saturday morning services. But if the parking lot is full due to a big event, you can park across the street in the Oakton Community College parking lot. Be careful when crossing the street.
Do services start on time?
Yes! It is a good idea to plan to arrive five to ten minutes prior to the start of services so that we might have the opportunity to meet you when you arrive. If you arrive late, the greeter will help you find a seat in the back, but plan to stay after and join the congregation for refreshments and socializing at the Oneg Shabbat in the social hall.
What should I wear?
At services, most congregants dress up, but jackets are not required. If you have any question about what is appropriate, please don't hesitate to call our office at 847-674-9146.
When attending services, men are asked to cover their heads as a sign of respect in the Sanctuary by wearing kippot (also known as yarmulkes or skullcaps). You'll notice that the men also wear a Tallit (prayer shawl) during services, but since that serves a religious purpose, non-Jews do not do so.
During religious services, please do not use cell phones, cameras or other electronic devices.
What can I expect to
take place during the service?
When you enter the synagogue you will be greeted by a synagogue member who will direct you into the sanctuary. They will also be happy to sit you with one of our members who can explain what is happening during services that you might not be familiar with. During the service, our chazzan will announce the page numbers for the liturgy and Scripture readings, and when to stand and sit.
What should I do if I have a young child who starts to cry or who is having difficulty being quiet during the service?
We welcome families at all of our services. However, if you are in doubt as to whether or not your child is being disruptive to other congregants, it is usually best to take your child out of the sanctuary and to take advantage of our nursery and childcare for young children.
Can I get a tour of the synagogue?
Yes! If you would like a tour, please contact Rabbi Kirk Gliebe through the office at 847-674-9146. You can also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I speak with the rabbi?
After services, Rabbi Kirk Gliebe is available during the Oneg. This is a good time to introduce yourself to him. If you would like to have a lengthier meeting, please set up a time with Rabbi Gliebe through his email or the main office to schedule an appointment.