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.
Our Celebration Shabbat happens the first Friday of each month. Monthly simchas (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) are recognized, and our youth choir, Hava Nashira participates in leading services with the Cantor.
Celebration Shabbat dates:
The Hebrew word neshama means soul, which derives from the Hebrew word Linshom - to breathe. Come for a unique prayer experience that 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! This service is held monthly at 10:00 AM.
Dates for Neshama Minyan:
Our Tot Shabbat experience is held monthly on Shabbat at 10:30 AM. It is a short and engaging Shabbat service that includes child friendly music and sharing opportunities.
Dates for this year's Tot Shabbatot:
Prayerbooks - Siddurim
Our prayerbooks are the Reform Movement’s recently published Mishkan Tefillah and the TIKuN Siddur, a self-published Shabbat morning prayerbook. Our High Holiday machzor/prayerbook is Gates of Repentance.
Our congregation’s building has a main sanctuary that seats about 500, and a chapel that seats about 200. Weather permitting, some services are held in our outdoor garden.