Shabbat and Holiday Services
Shabbat Services on Friday night typically start at 7 pm. Come in the side door leading into the kitchen as that’s where the action starts!
On Saturday morning at 10 a.m., we alternate between adult study and services. See calendar in the event section for what is in store this week.
If you can, stay for our extended Kiddush. Our shul bakes its own challah for services. Expect chocolate cinnamon or butterscotch peach challah or some new flavor every week.
In line with the type of community we are, we don’t rush back to our lives on Friday nights, but enjoy our own unique form of Shabbos rest.
About once a month, we hold a community dinner, usually at 6 pm before services. And every week after services, we have dessert and refreshments. We enjoy a variety of homemade dairy delicacies baked by our members. Often, members or the Rabbi will have a program of special interest, or a topic on subjects as varied as the weekly parasha or a member’s photography.
And sometimes we just talk. And talk. We’re Jewish!
The High Holiday season should be more than three days of services we attend out of obligation or habit. We will start during the weeks leading up to the holidays with some essays and sessions that address the season’s themes of introspection, self-improvement, reconciliation and forgiveness, and how the prayers seek to facilitate these. The services will weave traditional prayers with English readings, explanation and congregational participation, to help us each find ways to make these work for us in our own individual ways, and enable us each to take a more active role and responsibility in applying these spiritual goals to our own lives.
The serious and deep atmosphere of Yom Kippur is followed by a holiday that is plain fun! Sukkot is the fall harvest festival, with exuberant singing (in and out of services), building and eating in the sukkah — the nature-connected structure with a see-through roof.
We build our own Sukkah which is available for anyone’s use during Sukkot. [link to contact ______ for information]. Let us know to help us bring people together to share it at the same time.
“Just please clean up afterwards….”
Following Shemini Atzeret (the “Eighth Day” conclusion) with Yizkor (memorial) prayers, comes the equally exuberant Simchat Torah. Here our joy is focused on our Torah and its traditions instead of nature. After dancing with the scrolls, we complete the reading of the last book and start over from the beginning (“In the beginning…”).