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Worship

We seek to create a worship experience that is participatory, engaging, uplifting, inviting, and most of all inspiring. We pay particularly close attention to the planning and creation of our services. Our worship style is mainstream contemporary Reform, with a flavor of the classical Reform Jewish tradition from which we emerged. The wearing of kippot & tallitot are optional, with both available at the door.

Services include beautiful music to sing together and to listen to, a well-balanced blend of Hebrew and English reading and chanting, meditation, contemplative prayer opportunities, quiet, and a thoughtful sermon or presentation. Music is accompanied by a piano or keyboard (at most services), and/or guitar, flute, violin and percussion. A volunteer adult choir sings with the congregation monthly, as does a children’s choir. On Shabbat mornings where a child celebrates becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the child leads much of the service with the rabbi and cantor, chants Torah and Haftarah, and offers a d'var Torah. On Shabbat mornings with no Bar/Bat Mitzvah (about ½ of the Shabbotot in a year), our services are informal, including interactive Torah study.

 

Shabbat Service Schedule

Friday evening and Saturday morning services are held every week. As a diverse congregation, we offer a variety of service options and worship styles. Each week, Friday night services are held from 6:30-7:30 PM. We encourage you to join us after work, and then enjoy Shabbat dinner at home or with friends or family following the congregational Oneg Shabbat. This service style can be characterized as “contemporary Reform.” On the first Friday night of the month, we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, and a story is told. On each of the other Friday nights of the month, the rabbi delivers a sermon.

Saturday morning services begin at 10:00 AM and conclude at 11:30, followed by a community Kiddush. The congregation uses the Reform Movement’s prayerbook, Mishkan Tefilah. The worship style is eclectic, featuring a mixture of Hebrew and English chanting, silence and song.

For Festivals and High Holidays, we observe the Reform calendar [i.e. no second day services.

Celebration Shabbat

Celebration Shabbat is held on the first Friday evening of the month.  It is a family-friendly service and monthly simchas are celebrated.

Celebration Shabbat Dates:

December 1
January 5
February 9
March 2
April 6
June 4

Jewish Meditation (1st, 3rd & 5th Shabbat mornings)

Caring for one’s self is a first step to caring for the world. Inner peace is true power that can impact the power balance in the world. This guided meditation will include instructions and is appropriate for beginner and seasoned meditators. Through the use of Jewish texts, seated meditation, walking meditation, and listening meditation we will move slowly down a path to true power and joy. Led by an experienced group of trained facilitators. Come with an open mind and open heart.

Neshama Minyan (2nd & 4th Shabbat mornings)

The Hebrew word neshama means soul, which derives from the Hebrew word Linshom - to breathe.  This unique prayer experience will enrich your soul and fuel your mind and body. Our service begins with paying attention to our breathing through the beautiful chanting of certain psalms and prayers followed by a Torah based discussion. No prior knowledge necessary. Come as you are!

Tot Shabbat

Tot Shabbat is a monthly Shabbat program for our youngest members and their families!  It is an engaging service where children sing songs, hear a story, participate in a craft and enjoy a healthy snack!

Tot Shabbat Dates:

December 2
January 6
February 3
March 3
April 14
June 2

Prayerbooks - Siddurim

We use the Mishkan Tefillah for Shabbat and holidays.

For High Holy Days, we use Mishkan Hanefesh. If you would like to purchase a copy, click here.  Orders must be received by December 31, 2017.

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