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Should Shabbat Services Be Mandatory?
By Ali Duhan, ISJL Education Fellow
You may notice the graphic above is not a clear pro-con list. When thinking about mandatory t’filah for our students, there is no clear singular path. There is no clear right or wrong way to set requirements for our students when it comes to Shabbat service attendance—especially without taking into account the situations of all our different communities. Sometimes Shabbat services become required around the time that students are going to have their b’nei mitz’vah. In other places services have always been a part of the commitment that students make to religious school. It ultimately is a decision that is unique to each and ever synagogue. Included in this chart are some notes for why having service requirements for students may, or may not, be a good fit for your school. The key question we should ask ourselves is, “what is the goal of making these requirements?” That should inform our choices in regards to what we’re looking for by creating these structures.
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