Jewry Duty

Your Updated Guide To Jewry Duty

Our Jewry Duty system explained:

Dear Friends,

Our Temple community thrives because our members are “there for each other”.  One of the ways we are there for each other is our system of Jewry Duty in which we commit to attending 8 particular Shabbat celebrations (whether Friday or Saturday services or our other Friday-night celebrations) and help provide refreshments. Of course, many of us attend more regularly than only our Jewry Duty dates. By participating in Jewry Duty we enrich one another’s Shabbat celebrations and make sure there is a minyan for those of our friends who wish to say Kaddish.  (Please remember that for that reason, attendance is more important than bringing food!)

Please sign up for 8 Jewry Duty dates for 5779 (Sept. 14, 2018 – Sept. 28, 2019) prior to the first day of 5779 (September 10th) OR, let us know that you are opting out of Jewry Duty. 

Register For Jewry Duty:

IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY A MEMBER OF LOTSAHELPING HANDS (our on-line, self-service, sign up program) Register Here  

Follow the prompts. Once your email address is verified you can log-in at any time to choose the dates you would like for 5779.

Having a problem logging in or signing up OR your DO NOT want to become a member of LOTSA: Contact Marlene at 860-423-3746 or

You will sign up for your Jewry Duty dates via the on-line calendar at LotsaHelpingHands prior to the High Holidays – Yamim Noraim (the Days of Awe – Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur) for Jewry Duty dates through the following year’s High Holidays.  If you are not able to sign-up on-line contact the office for assistance.


Please sign up for 8 Jewry Duty commitments per year (see HOW TO SIGN UP below).  On your Jewry Duty dates, you  attend the Shabbat celebration and provide some refreshments.  Each date will have a Jewry Duty captain slot; captains coordinate with the others who have signed-up.  You may choose any dates you wish.   At the end of this document is a list of services to help guide your choice of sign-up dates.  Many people choose dates around an occasion or a family yahrzeit.  Yahrzeits are read the Shabbat previous to the yahrzeit date, unless the date falls on Shabbat, in which case it is read on that day.

For those of you not in our LOTSAHELPINGHANDS on-line sign-up system, if you do not want to register with LOTSA simply choose your 8 Jewry Duty dates, give Marlene a call, and she’ll take care of sign up for you!

If you are not already registered with LOTSA, but would like to be, go to  and follow the prompts to register (it’s easy).  Once you have verified your e-mail address with “Lotsa” you will be ready to log-on at any time and sign-up for your chosen dates.  If you have questions or problems, please contact our office administrator at or 860-423-3743 for assistance.

If you have previously registered with LOTSA, then you need only log-in to your “Lotsa” account to sign up for your Jewry Duty dates!

Jewry Duty is viewed as a simple and enjoyable kindness that is our obligation to one another as members of this community.  If you do not sign up, assign you dates on which you will be expected to perform Jewry Duty obligations.  However, we understand that some individuals simply can’t attend to Jewry Duty functions, or they may strongly disagree with being signed up.  If either of these applies to you, please OPT OUT by calling or e-mailing Marlene.  860-423-3743.

Simply log-in to “LOTSA”, remove your name from that date and sign up for a new date; do you best to find someone to replace you on the date you cannot attend.  You can ask another member to “trade” dates with you, or simply find someone who can fill in for you (be sure they sign up, or let Marlene know they are taking your place, so that we know we have coverage).  If you not a part of LOTSA, call or e-mail Marlene to let her know you need to cancel on a specific date.  860-423-3743.

For further information about our gatherings, our Kashrut Policy, special food needs, allergies, etc. please visit our “Lotsa” site, or the Kashrut page of this web site, or ask to have a copy of this information sent to you via e-mail or regular mail.

NOTE:  Anyone who brings food to the Temple should make a conscious effort to exclude nuts of any kind or any food with nuts, nut oils, or nut ingredients, and those processed in a facility with nuts/nut products.

The LotsaHelpingHands calendar as well as the calendar on our web site, and the calendar that appears monthly in The Bulletin

will note any deviations from this schedule:

We have a regular rotation of types of Shabbat celebration that generally follow the following monthly pattern:

1st Friday of the month: Relatively traditional services at 7:30pm,  regular kiddush refreshments.

2nd Friday: T.G.I.Shabbes: A wine & cheese musical celebration to welcome Shabbat and the weekend at 6:15pm: Jewry Duty brings appropriate “wine and cheese” items. Certain of our members tend to be sufficiently elaborate that no one has dinner afterwards. Others are more limited. Either is ok. Please note: This isn’t the time for the Temple’s Manischewitz. Jewry Duty should bring a red and a white, which need not have a kosher stamp, as all wines are considered kosher in the Temple kashrut system. Rav Jeremy provides an Israeli wine that does have kosher certification for those who prefer that.

3rd Friday: Tikkun Olam VaNefesh Service: a service for healing the soul and healing the world at 7:30pm: regular kiddush refreshments.

4th Friday: Shabbes dinner, usually at a member’s home, 6:30pm: We’ll be looking for a host (who has the option of providing a main course, purchasing with donated Temple funds, or simply hosting a pot luck), as well as a second Jewry Duty volunteer to help.

5th Fridays “Leader’s Choice” at 7:30pm. Rav Jeremy or a volunteer leader from the Temple membership chooses what sort of Shabbat celebration to do. It could be a kumzitz, a discussion, a service, or something else: regular kiddush refreshments.

1st Saturday: Bagel and Bible: Jewry Duty provides Bagels and fixings for a study session preceding services, as well as regular kiddush for after services.  We’ve allotted an extra slot to help spread the responsibility.

All other Saturday mornings: Service at 10:00am: regular kiddush refreshments.

Jewry Duty Captains are asked to coordinate with their fellow Jewry Duty volunteers.  This is especially useful for the non-service gatherings which have special food needs.

Thank you for your participation in our community!