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Frequently asked questions

Does the community have a rabbi?

Yes. Our rabbi is Ron Hoffberg, who has been working in Prague since 2001. He got his smicha from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Before he came to the Czech Republic, he had served in the Masorti community in Tuckhoe in New York (for 2 years) and in Canford Masorti community in New Jersey (for 20 years). For 20 years he held the post of Director of Conversion Institute of Rabbinical Assembly in Northern New Jersey. Besides his activities in Masorti Praha, rabbi Ron Hoffberg teaches history at the Charles university CIEE program.

I am not conservative. Can I come for the Masorti services anyway?

Naturaly. Our services as well as other programs are open to everybody, all are welcome.

What do the Masorti services look like? What is the language of the services?

Our services are traditional and egalitarian (we count adult Jewish women as a part of the minyan, women get alyiot, can lead the services and read from the Torah) The prayers are led in Hebrew. Czech and English translations of the prayers as well as transliterations are available.

I have no experience with Judaism. I am afraid I will feel uncomfortable when I come. What can I do?

Our community is very young and most of us have come to the kehilah for the first time one day not long ago. Therefore, we do sympathize with feelings of uneasiness of the first time visitors. Leave you fears at home and simply come, we are always happy to welcome new faces. There will always be someone in the community who will be ready to help you with the service and answer your questions.

I am from outside of the Czech Republic and I am planning to come to Prague as a tourist/ on business/ I am coming with a group. Can I come?

Naturally! Our community has a great tradition of welcoming visitors from overseas Masorti or other communities, whether they come as individuals or in larger groups. Please, let us know ahead that you are coming so that we can welcome you with kavod. If there is anything we could help you with during your stay in our country, contact us.

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