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Synagogue How-To

Instructional Videos for Prayer Services

British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks hosts these short instructional videos that show how to perform various prayers and rituals. Featuring Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov.

How to Put On a Tallit
How to put on the traditional four-cornered garment before prayers.
How to Put On Tefillin
How to bind the head and arm phylacteries in preparation for prayer.
How to Recite the Mourner's Kaddish
How to recite the mourner's kaddish with a minyan.
How to Recite the Rabbis' Kaddish
How to recite the longer version of kaddish known as the "Kaddish d'Rabanan."
Opening the Ark
Video | 2:05
Opening the Ark
How to perform the honor of opening the Ark before taking out the Torah.
Getting an Aliyah
Video | 2:40
Getting an Aliyah
What to do and which blessings to recite when called up for an aliyah at the Torah reading.
Lifting the Torah
Video | 2:20
Lifting the Torah
How to perform the honor of lifting the Torah as well as rolling and dressing the Torah after the reading.
A synagogue is a place of Jewish worship. In addition to housing a sanctuary for services, synagogues (most notably Chabad centers) serve as the centerpoint of Jewish life.
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