It can be a special time to gather with family or friends, to light candles and taste the sweetness in a glass of wine and a bite of challah. We welcome Shabbat at Friday evening services with prayers, songs and readings in English and Hebrew. Afterward, we come together for an oneg, a delightful taste of challah and dessert and a brief time to visit with friends. About once a month, we add musical accompaniment to the service.
Shabbat morning services begin with Shacharit, morning prayers, and proceed through Pesukai d’Zimrah, psalms; Torah service; a brief conversation about the week’s Torah portion; Haftorah; and closing prayers. Our congregation loves to sing throughout the service, and we invite you to join in, even if you don’t know the words. A kiddush following services offers a chance for a light lunch and conversation.
Our B’nei Mitzvah students and lay leaders contribute to our joyful, diverse services on a regular basis, whether by leading parts of the service, chanting Torah or Haftorah, or sharing their thoughts on the week’s Parsha.
Tot Shabbats are held on occasional Saturday mornings. These services offer families with young children an opportunity to celebrate Shabbat with song and become familiar with our prayers. Following services, all enjoy a family-friendly kiddush.