Shabbat

Celebrating Shabbat is a highlight of our week.

We encourage you to come for any part of a service—to sing, pray, or just come for Kiddush after services. Services are in person, and on Zoom, and also live streamed on YouTube. Please contact the office to get the Zoom or YouTube link. We have services every Saturday morning and some Friday nights; check the Kehillah Calendar for the latest schedule.

Weekly Shabbat Schedule

The Shabbat services blend elements of communal and personal prayer. You will hear passages chanted aloud by the service leaders, quiet moments while we read silently, and prayers where the congregation sings together. Everyone is a welcome participant, and we encourage you to sing or hum along whether or not you know the words or the melody. Services are in both Hebrew and English. All the Hebrew is both translated and transliterated.

Friday Evening Services

We welcome Shabbat on Friday evenings, with Erev Shabbat services, usually on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, each in a different way. Check the Kehillah calendar for the latest schedule.

First Fridays: Shabbat Dinner and Musical Service  We begin with candle-lighting and Kiddush, then a catered, sit-down dinner, followed by a brief, song-filled, instrument-accompanied service, including Kaddish.  Finally, there is Oneg Shabbat with dessert. Email the office to reserve a dinner spot. Feel free to come just for the service and Oneg Shabbat without reservation.

Third Fridays: Shabbat Service and Potluck  This informal service is an opportunity to experience the leadership of a new generation. Led by those in their 20’s and 30’s, and open to all, this service features lots of singing, Shabbat prayers, accompanied by a few instruments. Everyone is welcome. A dairy & vegetarian potluck follows. If you are available to assist with set-up or would like to join the team of service leaders, please email the office.

Saturday Morning Services 9:45 AM – Noon  Traditional, progressive, egalitarian, participatory service, including Torah reading, Haftarah, and a lively d’var with discussion of the Torah portion of the week. The services are in both Hebrew and English. All the Hebrew is both translated and transliterated.  Kiddush luncheon follows.

Monthly Shabbat Shirah Service 9:45—11:45 a.m.  Once a month our Saturday Morning Service becomes a musical celebration with even more singing than usual, accompanied by a guitar or two, retaining 3 Torah aliyot but no Haftarah. Kiddush lunch follows.  Check the Kehillah calendar for the latest schedule.

Monthly Tot Shabbat 11:30 a.m.—noon  Once a month, wiggling, singing, and dancing, families with preschoolers (infants to age 5) share in learning and singing favorite Shabbat songs. Kiddush lunch with the rest of the congregation follows.  Check the Kehillah calendar for the latest schedule.