Shabbat morning services are held every week and are the centerpiece of our communal life. Services, led by clergy and our many skilled lay leaders, begin at 9:30 AM and run until 12:15 PM, using the Reconstructionist movement siddur, “Kol HaNeshama.” Through heartfelt, hearty and musical davenning (praying) and communal Torah study and reading, we join together to create the space for the Shabbat spirit to be lifted up in our midst. While we keep the traditional structure of Ashkenazi Jewish prayer, our service includes many contemporary elements as well as musical instruments.
Occasionally during the year and often in the summer, lay members lead all of the service. Our Shabbat morning service is followed by a communal kiddush lunch, our weekly Shabbat oneg.
For a guide to our shabbat morning service, click here.
Minyan Pashut, literally, "simple minyan," is held on the second Shabbat of the month in the library, and is a smaller, more intimate "minyan" [quorum] than our main service, limited by the capacity of the library. It contains all the same basic elements as the larger service, but without some of the special readings, explanations, etc. and is entirely lay led.
We ask that all males entering the sanctuary, Jewish or not, wear a kippah ["yarmulke,: or "skullcap."]. Women can choose whether to wear a kippah. Jewish men or women can choose to wear a tallit, but as a general rule, we ask that anyone called to the bimah wear a tallit at that time.
Those who arrive late to services are asked to stand in the back of the sanctuary and wait to find seats when:
- The Ark is open and the congregation standing;
- The congregation is standing for any reason;
- While the first two lines of the sh'ma are being recited, and during the full recitation of the Amidah;
- The Rabbi or other individual is speaking from the bima or during readings by an individual from the bimah.
Individuals who have difficulty standing for long periods of time are, of course, invited to be seated during the times mentioned above.
We ask congregants and guests who wish to show their appreciation for a d'var Torah or other offering can say "yashar koach" or "kol HaKavod" (well done.) Applause is not appropriate.
Other Shabbat Links
Shabbat Services Handouts
Click here for PDFs of the handouts distributed at Shabbat Services.
Click here for a musical setting of Shalom Rav that Hazzan Rachel wrote with Steve Neugeboren, which was included in the 2011 Shalshelet Festival in New York. Steve is playing guitar throughout and singing harmony, as is Noah Guthman.