Our Friday Night services are always musical, participatory and are a great way to leave the work week behind and transition into Shabbat. The services feature contemporary and traditional music that transcends denominational boundaries, an engaging D'var Torah or discussion, a good mix of Hebrew and English, and there's always something yummy to send you home with a good taste in your mouth. All services are led by Rabbi Oren and a number of lay-leaders and musicians.
Friday Evening Shabbat Services
Starting January 2020 we will offer slightly different styles of services at every
Friday of the month - check out the descriptions below and we look forward to
seeing you Fridays in the new year!
On the first Friday of each month, out service will include a short Torah reading. All those who are celebrating birthdays, anniversaries or other milestones will be called up to the Torah for a group Aliyah. This service will be held in the large sanctuary.
On the second Friday of the month, our service will feature a little more traditional liturgy and a little less instruments (We will lay down our drums and guitars just before Bar'chu). This low key service will be held in the small sanctuary.
On the third Friday we will meet for a dish-to-pass dairy/vegetarian dinner at 6:30, followed by an up-beat, family-friendly service in the round, with projection screens assisting with the liturgy. This service will be held in the social hall.
Wine and Cheese Shabbat
On the fourth Friday of every month, we will have a slightly more formal service, featuring Soprano Susan Amisano and Organist Gary Tucker. This service will include a little more English than usual, and will be held in the large sanctuary.
Something New Shabbat
Whenever a month includes a fifth Friday, we will have a different kind of service, in which we will try out different spiritual practices. This service will put a special emphasis on meditation, chanting, and Kirtan style. Stay tuned for more details!
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services
Saturday Breakfast Service
A unique local tradition dating back to post WWII days, when Jewish retailers were required to work on Saturdays and open their stores early in the morning. This short service is held at 8:30AM, lasts approximately half an hour, and is followed by a breakfast and a lively discussion around the table.
Saturday Traditional Service
A more traditional service takes place at 9:30AM and includes p’sukei d’zimrah, a Torah reading (triennial cycle) and a d’var torah or discussion. This is a mostly-Hebrew service with no musical instruments.
Occasionally, a joint service is held at 9:30AM rather than two separate services. This is a musical service with emphasis on congregational singing and participation. It includes an abbreviated Torah service, and is often enhanced by a guest speaker and a luncheon.
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Shabbat Service Schedule:
Friday Evening Service - 7:30PM
Saturday Morning Service - 8:30AM
Saturday Morning Service - 9:30AM