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Another busy week behind me, and one ahead of me. Work really is nutty.

For my Jewish readers, I may be attending services at the Orthodox local this coming Friday evening, so any etiquette pointers would be appreciated.

Our Bishop paid us a visit this morning. I was in charge of altar guild (backstage setup). Everything went well as far as I can tell but I am tired because I arrived at seven-forty for early service coverage. I didn't need to do much for the service, but I ended up ironing tablecloths for the special luncheon. The setup for the main service was hectic but we got it all done early (before Himself showed up, actually).

My usual partner had to bail for this weekend so I had put out a call for help. Several people answered, which was nice. I paid them off in kahlua truffles ;).

The early service got out in record time, which was evened out by the Longest. Freakin'. Announcement. Period. Ever. and resulting overtime at the main service. (idasusan, was there ever a point about Danville? I was dealing with some extremely excited children in the back.)

Special for stephaniebird and tinyprayers: I got to hear Micah preach, since he filled in at 8 am. Hot stuff!!

I am running a nice hot bath at the moment to soak my weary body.


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Oct. 31st, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
Orthodox? Wear a modest dress (not pants) that covers your elbows and knees. Dark tights instead of sheer hose are safe. Don't carry anything, like a purse, if at all possible. Don't offer to shake the hands of any men unless they offer first.

However, as a guest that they know is not Jewish, they should be tolerant of anything you do, so relax, learn and enjoy!
Oct. 31st, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
Thanks. If I do go it will be with people from my church. We are presenting them with a gift (which the Bishop blessed today) to celebrate their brand new building. So maybe they wouldn't be laughing at the Episcopalians in the corner ... too much.

Is the carrying a purse considered work of some sort?

I learned (in looking on their website) that my house is in the local eruv, which is kind of cool.
Oct. 31st, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
Carrying anything at all is considered work. However, if the building you're going to be in is within the eruv, then you can carry whatever you want.

I love hearing about different religions learning about each other and sharing. Let us know how it goes!
Oct. 31st, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
The shul is about half a mile away, and it is definitely in the eruv.

I had passed it for years without knowing it was Orthodox ... saw people walking to shul as I did my Saturday errands, but I've seen that in other neighborhoods as well. I finally found out when I checked out another congregation that has moved very nearby in a new building. (interestingly enough that is the Conservative congregation)

I remember during the High Holy Days last year they had big "Don't Work These Days" signs all over the construction site.
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