Lay leaders keep synagogue going

Friday, September 7, 2007 | 1:13 p.m. CDT; updated 5:34 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 14, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Every Friday evening, Joseph Benson sits in one of the pews at Temple Beth-El, prayer book in his lap, listening closely as a volunteer congregant leads the week’s services and reads the Shabbat prayers.