Being mindful of everyone
Keeping the momentum going
- For people with low or impaired vision, large print prayer books, magnifying reading glasses, and access to Torah aliyot are available.
- We’ve added assistive hearing devices and more consistent microphone use, which has improved access for people with hearing impairments.
- A fragrance-free section of our sanctuary is now identified so that people with seizure disorders or chemical sensitivity can attend services without risk.
- Aisle seating in the sanctuary is designated for wheelchair users and their companions.
- Services and some programs are being live streamed online so that people who are unable to be physically present may participate remotely.
- We have recently added a basket of “focus tools” for people who find they enable them to better focus on their prayer. Signage on sanctuary doors explains available resources.
- Over 30 years ago, a group of Beth El congregants wrote our unique prayer book, “V’Taher Libenu,” one of the first gender-neutral prayer books, which we still use today. This was followed by a gender-neutral Rosh Hashanah prayer book.
- In consideration of people with food allergies, Oneg Shabbat and Kiddush hosts are instructed to prepare and label gluten, egg, dairy, tree nut, and legume-free options. Plastic gloves are available to limit cross contamination. Hosts are instructed to read guidelines carefully when preparing food for services and programs.
- We are in the process of making access improvements to restrooms, hallways, and doorway thresholds. This fall, Beth El families worked with professional landscapers from New Leaf Construction to build a beautiful wooden ramp from the sanctuary to our Gan HaDorot (Garden of the Generations), which provides safe mobility access to this inviting, meditative space where many enjoy praying the Amidah, visiting our fabulous sukkah, and making Kiddush in nice weather.
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