Shabbat

Shabbat is our day of rest, a special time at the end of each week to gather with friends (and make new ones), be spiritually lifted by music, prayer, and learning, and take time for personal reflection. Our services are open to all – from the youngest to the most wizened, from those who are familiar with Jewish spaces to those who are just beginning to explore.

 

Service Times

Fridays at 6:15 pm – Kabbalat Shabbat Service: Welcome in Shabbat together full of music and energy helping us connect to our tradition and each other.

Second Friday of each month – Our Shabbat Table: Just as if we were sitting around our home, we are more informal, more musical (both new and old melodies), and focused on creating a joyous moment together. At 5pm, Rabbi Dana will hold a Song Circle teaching us new music. View our service packet here and the closing song here.

Saturdays at 10:30 am – Shabbat Morning Services: Enjoy communal prayer, including the reading of Torah and learning more about its sacred words. Services are led by our B’nai Mitzvah students or lay leaders. Come sing and learn in community with music of the local and global Reform movement.

You can also join our services on YouTube. Mishkan T’filah is our siddur (prayerbook). If you are joining services in person, we have copies for you.  But you are welcome to download the app from iTunes and use it on your tablet or phone. If you are joining us on YouTube, you can access the digital flipbook (first book, Mishkan T’filah for Shabbat). You can also order your own copy from CCAR Press.

Check out our new Covid Safety Protocols here.

For Families

We want all of our youngest members to feel that they are welcome and belong. They are encouraged to joyfully sing, dance, and move to express themselves, or enjoy their time with coloring pages, fidgets, or other items that they are comfortable with. There are two services with a more child/family-friendly focus:

Our Shabbat Table (second Fridays) is a great way to welcome our little ones into Shabbat.

On the Fourth Saturday of each month at 9:15am, we have a special Tot Shabbat, just for our little ones (primarily 0-6 years old) and their families to be together (occasionally this service is in partnership with the Jewish Federation and PJ Library).

How to Join & What to Do

Everyone is welcome to join for Shabbat services. No one is expected to know any prayers or Hebrew; we just want to be together with you.

If you are new, our Door l’Door Greeters and our Shamashim (ushers) would love to welcome you and invite you to sit with someone, but we also understand if you want the space for yourself. At the end of services our clergy invite you to come meet them and they can help answer questions you may have.

Visual T’filah: sometimes we use a screen to enhance our prayer experience. We would love to include photos or artwork by members of our community. If you want to learn more, contact Molly.

Some chose to wear a kippah/yarmulke (head covering) but many don’t. Some Jewish adults chose to wear a tallit (prayer shawl) at Shabbat Morning Services; it’s up to you. We have both available for you to borrow during services if you do not have your own or if you did not bring them.

If you want to learn more about Shabbat in general – click here.