Visitors to Am Shalom

For Visitors… Welcome to Am Shalom Congregation of Barrie, Ontario 

Whether you are visiting for a short time or live in the Barrie or surrounding area we welcome you.  As a growing and evolving community, we value your presence and participation.

Here’s what you should know when you worship with us on-site:

At our Shabbat /Friday or Saturday services, (please check our calendar of events to see schedule) one of our official “Greeters” is stationed at the entrance to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.  At some point before or after the service, we hope you’ll have a chance to personally meet and speak with our Rabbi and a few of our Board members (they have special nametags)  We can provide you with a tallit  (ritual fringed shawls) and a kippah (head covering) if you would like to wear them.  Both Jewish men and Jewish women are invited to wear a head covering in the synagogue, but it is not required.  We will also provide you with a siddur (prayer book) and Chumash (Torah book).

What About Hebrew?  Every word in our prayer book, Mishkan T’filah, is translated and transliterated to assist those who are not familiar with Hebrew.  Additionally, our Rabbi thoroughly explains the meaning of the prayers to ensure that all who attend find the services to be meaningful and educational. 

Healing Prayers: During our worship, our Rabbi invites the congregation to include the names of their loved ones who are in need of a prayer for healing of the body, mind or spirit.  Please feel free to share your loved one’s name during this time.

Remembering a Loved One:  If you are observing a recent passing of a loved one, or observing the anniversary of a loved one’s passing, please feel free to include their name when the Rabbi asks for names before the recitation of the Mourner’s Kaddish.

Please join us for Kiddush (community meal) following Shabbat Services:  Our traditional Kiddush follows all of our services. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our Rabbi and members of our community.  We would love to have you join us!

In addition to weekly Shabbat services on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings (please check our web site calendar for dates and times),  we celebrate the full range of annual holidays and have adult education programs which include both Jewish and secular learning.  New programs are constantly developed in response to our evolving community.  We are here to support you on your Jewish path and believe that coming together to learn and celebrate enriches everyone.

Our weekly Newsletter, sent out each Wednesday morning, contains announcements about special classes, events and programs in the community as well as other information we feel would be of interest.  If you would like to receive our weekly Newsletter Click HERE

We thank you for visiting Am Shalom Congregation … and please let us know how we can help you on your Jewish journey!


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