Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El is proud to provide an assistive listening system (ALS) in the Rothschild Memorial Main Sanctuary. If you have difficulty hearing or understanding speech in the sanctuary, our system allows you to hear sound directly in your ear, free from distance issues, poor room acoustics and background noise. Even if you don’t use hearing aids, you can still benefit from the assistive listening system.
We firmly believe that offering this easy, effective way to hear and understand demonstrates our deep respect for Jewish values. It empowers our members and guests with a hearing loss to fully participate in the rich Jewish life of our synagogue.
An ALS consists of a microphone to collect sound, a transmitter to send the signal across distance, a receiver to intercept the signal, and a listening attachment to send sound from the receiver to your ear, hearing aid, or cochlear implant. An ear speaker, ear buds, and headphones are examples of listening attachments for the sanctuary ALS.
The Rothschild Memorial Main Sanctuary is equipped with an FM radio frequency ALS. This uses radio waves to transmit sound from our sound system directly to a wireless portable receiver, an iPod-type listening device. During High Holiday services reception is also available in the Cherry Auditorium. When the portable receiver is connected to an ear speaker it provides sound that is clear and distinct to individuals with a hearing loss, at any location in the sanctuary or auditorium. The portable receiver can be used either with your hearing aids removed or placed over your hearing aid microphones.
These portable receivers are located in a case on the table next to the main sanctuary doors. During the High Holidays the portable receivers are located just outside the synagogue main entrance. Instructions for using the system and receivers are available. Please tell an usher that you would like to borrow a portable receiver and ear speaker. You may also bring your own ear buds or headphones. Our receivers will accept any devices with a standard 3.5mm audio plug. If the receiver malfunctions in any way, please seek assistance from an usher.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions for improving your listening experience at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, please speak with Ken Krivitzky, Executive Director.