About Our Services

Friday Evening Services

We hold a traditional Kabbalat Shabbat/Arvit or evening service on the First Friday of every month.  Our service is followed by an Oneg Shabbat.

Regular Shabbat Morning Serivces

On the second Shabbat of each month we offer traditional egalitarian Shabbat morning services.

Pesukei D’Zimra, literally verses of song, are the introductory prayers that are recited each morning.  On Shabbat and Festivals, there are additional Psalms added to support the additional holiness of these days.

Shaharit or the morning service, also recited every day, includes a special piyyut or liturgical poem for the Shabbat.  The keystones of the Shaharit service are

  • Sh’ma Yisrael, the central prayer recited morning and evening affirming God’s Unity and our dedication to God.
  • Amidah, literally standing, the Amidah is also called simply Tefila in the Talmud.  This consists of a number of blessings, some recited every day, one specific to the Shabbat morning.  This prayer is recited silently, standing.  If a minyan, the quorum of ten Jews is present, we do a full Hazarat ha Shat’z or repetition of the Amidah

Torah Service:

On Shabbat and Festivals as well as other times, we read a section from the Torah, the Holy Scroll containing the Five Books of Moses.  If we have a minyan, then we read from the Torah scroll using special melodies.  This is followed by the Haftara, or additional reading, a selection from the Books of the Prophets, relevant to the parasha or the specific day in the calendar.

Learner’s Minyan Service:

On the third Shabbat of the month we hold an “Innovative Shabbat Service”, bringing in new and different ways to explore our Tefilla, our prayer.  This service is followed by our Kosher Dairy Lunch.”

“Nosh and Drash”:

On the fourth Shabbat of each month we have  a new program where we make Kiddush, then sit together and eat and learn.  “If there is no food there is no Torah, and if there is no Torah there is no food.” (Pirkei Avot: 3:17)