Welcome! We are happy to have you. Below you will find information about our community lifestyle so that you feel comfortable when visiting us. If you have any questions please contact the office during business hours to speak with our office manager. Thanks.
We have a traditional Shabbat service on Friday night @ 7:30pm & Saturday @ 11am. During service times, the children meet downstairs for class. Afterwards, we all fellowship during oneg.
We have been blessed to have a rise in attendance. However, this affects parking. Our lot does not accommendate a large amount of vehicles. You are allowed to park on the backstreets and sidestreets after 6:30pm everyday and on the weekends. If we have service in the daytime on the weekday- these streets are NOT available for parking. Therefore, on days when the lot is full, please see an usher as you drive in to help guide you to double park. Please do not park on the grass without being guided by an usher first. The space in front of the shed is a NO parking zone.
Speed Free Zone
When driving around the sides of the building where space is limited, please do not drive pass 3 kil to protect those coming in and out of the side doors. We do not want any accidents.
Cameras, Recording & Security
We do not allow for taping of our services or photos to be taken while service is occuring. However, we do allow photos during special ceremonies, honors and performances such at Bar/Bat Mitvahs, concerts, Holy Day plays and skits, baby dedications and award cermonies.
We offer live stream for our online viewers and CMY also house security cameras on the property in case of fires, smoke detection, security issues and emergency situations.
We provide a flyer in the back of all chairs in the sanctuary that details our modesty and shul rules. Please refer to that flyer when visiting. A summary of this policy is listed below:
- Please turn all devices on silent and do not discuss business on Shabbat.
- Our ushers are here to help. They will guide you outside for parking and inside for your seat or any info you need. If you need help, please see them.
- All information about our shul is located in the lobby and inside of your visitor packet. Please fill out the visitor card to receive more info on our shul.
- We do not allow everyone to dance with the worship team during service. Please understand that the ministry of dance is a Spirit-led one which also requires practice and commitment. If you would like to dance, please speak with the Dance Worship leader about joining the team.
- Shabbat is about fellowship and service. The Rabbi and the elders of CMY will pray with you and talk briefly on Shabbat, but in order to gain more insight into deep conversations, theological questions, business and concerns, please call the office during business hours to set up an appointment.
Parents of Children
If you have little ones, we have classes only during regular services each Saturday. Currently, there is NO CLASS DURING HOLY DAYS AND SPECIAL SERVICES. Rabbi will dismiss the children after blessing everyone in the beginning of service.
The age range for classes during regular services are 3/4 yr olds-11 yrs old. Children within the ages of 3/4 can attend class as long as they are potty trained and can verbally let the teachers know that they need to go to the washroom.
- Children 3 yrs old and under WHO ARE NOT potty trained, meet in the "Kid Zone" in the back area for SUPERVISED PLAY time only with their parents or guardians. There is no babysitting for nursery aged classes.
- There is also a nursery downstairs for nursing and sleeping babies as well as a full kitchen to prep food.
- Sign out time to pick up your children is during the last set of worship songs after Rabbi’s sermon. Parents please go downstairs to the classroom to safely sign your children out. Thanks.
Sometimes when the weather permits, the teachers will take the children outside to the park or backyard to play. If you do not want your child to participate, please let the teachers know when you drop them off.
- If your child has an allergy or medical condition please speak with the teachers as well.
- Bring snacks for your child, they will get hungry before the day is over, especially if we have long services or events. Bring extra clothes/diapers & wipes, etc. When in need or caught off guard, please see another mom or the Rebbetzin for help. Almost any mom attending will have extra supplies.
- Teachers will not help your children in the washroom due to privacy laws. Ushers or Assistant Teachers may get you to help your child in the washroom. Please be prepared for this in advance.
- Do not allow your children to play outside without supervision, especially near cars. We do not want any accidents.
Onegs & Havdalahs
Each month we host a community havdalah which is normally the last Shabbat of the month. It is led by our kitchen committee within The CMY Sisterhood. If you are visiting for the first time, you are not required to bring food. Simply enjoy the fellowship. Our gatherings are vegetarian and dairy only. However, certified kosher only meats are served on special events.
For those attending service regularly, please see Cheryl to help contribute to our special onegs and havdalahs or anytime we call for food for the community fellowship. We are a certified kosher only establishment and have posted kitchen rules in the lobby. Please refer to that flyer before signing up to bring food. If you do not keep kosher but still would like to help-or can not cook- we will give you a list of kosher items that may be purchased from the store on your behalf to contribute. You may also give freely to the oneg fund by marking your tithe envelope and placing it inside of the donation boxes.
Modesty & Attire
We offer a traditional Jewish service for Messianic believers, therefore our community etiquette reflects this.
- Women do not wear men’s kippot & tallit but can wear a ladies’ head covering in the form of a scarf, wig, or hat.
- When men approach the bema, they are to wear full length pants and shirts – not shorts or short sleeves/tank tops. Men wear kippot on the bema, especially when reading from the Torah. We have guest kippot in the lobby for your convience.
- Traditionally, women do not read from the Torah, but can read from the Writings and New Testament during service. If you are called to read, a head covering is located at the bema for you to wear when reciting scripture.
- The Rabbi will not met with women alone and will always have a witness available during appointments or prayer with a member of the opposite sex. The same goes for any of our leadership at CMY. Men pray with men and the women are prayed over by women leaders.
A NOTE ON CLOTHING & A LESSON ABOUT MODESTY
by: Rebbetzin Keturah
If you are visiting for the first time and you have never attended a Jewish setting before, here are some tips on clothing:
Generally, you do not want your clothing to be a distraction to your brothers and sisters in the Messiah. Clothing covers and it is very easy to still be stylish and modest at the same time. However, keep in mind that our bodies are the temple to the Ruach HaKodesh, so when in worship and praise, you do not want to be uncovered in areas that may compromise your reputation or cause others to feel embarassed or shameful for looking- such as tight clothing, low cut tops, etc… Proper modest clothing in Holy places also keeps us accountable to each other in the Messiah so that we do not cause others to sin by looking and then lusting. This is especially true of married couples because religious establishments such as churches and other places of worship can sadly be places that people commit adultury. Yeshua taught us that lust begins with the eyes even before a person physically sins, therefore it is very wise that we not only guard our eyes but also take responsibility for our own actions when we dress so that we are accountable it- and not be a stumbling block for our brothers and sisters in the Messiah.
Modesty in clothing is often taboo within Messianic circles because people fear that it sounds too harsh- or that they may turn visitors away. However, it is a vital lesson which is often discussed by our Jewish Rabbis & Sages. When people are not modest, others often talk evil talk or slander against the person- we know this because our studies in mussar (Jewish ethics) teach us to avoid certain roots that lead to lashon hara against a person’s reputation. The late Chofetz Chaim teaches in the area of lashon hara (evil speech), gossip and mussar (ethics) and we can learn a lot from his teachings so that we are encouraged in the Messiah regarding modesty.
It is true that while the subject of modesty is taboo in this free age, and that it is also true that people should be encouraged to come to HaShem as they are- we are still here as brothers and sisters in Messiah to teach and guide them as they come. Sometimes people use the phrase "come as you are" as an excuse not to change. However, we know by wisdom that praying and getting to know each other better is the way that people change so that one day their improper lifestyles change as well. Once a person’s life has changed and their heart is renewed- poor clothing habits change as well. It is not a fly by night operation to dress modest. First, a person’s heart must be changed and then the mind is willing to acknowledge that modest is the way to go. Modesty is not just for us, but it is a testimony of our love for each other. If you love your brothers and sisters in Messiah, you will compromise the way you want to dress in your attire for a more modest approach so that you will not cause your brothers and sisters to stumble and fall (as we are taught to do in the New Testament.)
If you would like to study more on the subject of modesty in attire and speech, you can always speak with the us privately. Simply make an appointment. And if you arrive for service and are a bit nervous about your attire or end up being uncovered in some areas, no worries, the ushers will quietly and politely hand you a scarf or another item to help you feel more comfortable.
– Rebbetzin Keturah
Thank you for visiting us and we look forward to your presence at our shul. We hope that all the information found here on this page will help better your experience with us and make you more prepared when you arrive.