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Mission and Frequently Asked Questions

Our Mission

We are a diverse congregation. Our families include couples with children, seniors, single parents, same-sex partners, interfaith couples, and singles. We embrace the varied orientations of Judaism in contemporary society and want to make this place an extension of your home.

We celebrate our Jewish heritage in an egalitarian atmosphere that invites participation and creativity. Desert Outreach Synagogue is a place where the creative meets the alternative and blends with the traditional.

Through a spiritual connection, various life cycles, and other types of observances, educational programs, and social gatherings, our synagogue offers opportunities for individuals and families to enrich their lives, connect with others, and discover their relationship with Judaism.


In the past, I didn’t always feel welcome at Synagogue. Will DOS be different for me?

Absolutely! We are a welcoming and inclusive congregation, accepting and respecting everyone.

I have children. How does worship work for us?

Our services are on Friday evenings, and although young people certainly may attend, they rarely do because of the hour. We do offer Shabbat School on Saturday mornings, with child care available

How should we dress for worship?

In season, (October-April) women wear dresses, skirts, or slacks with a sweater or blouse and jacket. Men wear slacks, with a shirt and jacket. Summer is more casual.

I'm nervous in new social situations. Will I have to talk to people?

Many people are anxious about attending because they don’t like small talk or don’t like the feeling of being at a new house of worship alone. We have a team of greeters that will meet and welcome you. 

I have a disability. Can I still participate in worship?

Our parking lot is marked for those arriving with physical challenges, and we have a ramp for wheelchair or walker accessibility. Our bathroom accommodates the wheelchair-bound. 

What if I don't read or understand Hebrew?

Our prayer books have both transliterations and English. They are very easy to follow.