Kabbalat Shabbat begins at 7:30 PM each week. Depending upon the time of year, we begin with the lighting of candles and the singing of the traditional "Shalom Aleichem." Led by our rabbi, we participate in lively singing with old and new melodies. Some of the service is conducted in English and the Rabbi delivers a short D'var Torah (with a joke or two to keep it lively). Our trademark Oneg Shabbat features home baked cakes and cookies served on china with tea and coffee.
Our Shabbat Schararit service begins at 9:45 AM with traditional prayers and a modified Torah reading following the triennial cycle of the Conservative movement. The rabbi gives a derasha (sermon) following the Musaf Service at 11:45 AM mixing personal insights with discussion and/or text study. Kiddush follows the services with an occasional luncheon.
Our celebration of the annual holiday cycle begins with a two day Rosh Hashanah celebration beginning in the first evening (7:00 PM) and continuing with services both mornings (9:00 AM to 1:00 PM). Yom Kippur is observed traditionally the following week with Kol Nidre, Shacharit, Musaf, Mincha, and Neilah services. On Sukkot we process with lulav and etrog around the synagogue and have a community luncheon on the second day in the Sukkah! On Simchat Torah, we dance with other Conservative synagogues in our neighborhood.
Our annual Hanukkah and Purim dinners are fun family occasions especially Purim where our members dress up, wear silly hats, and make noise during a dramatic reading of the Megillah. A shpiel is usually performed. Next comes Pesach where our members extend their hospitality to all for seats at the seder table. "Let all who are hungry come and eat!" We observe Yom Hashaoh with the lighting of candles from the Men's Club and Yom Zikaron/Haatzmaut with special Israeli foods. Our rabbi participates in the annual JCC Tikkun Leil Shavuot which brings rabbis from all over the city for late night Torah study. We combine with other Conservative synagogues for the reading of Lamentations at Tisha B'av.
We hold annual memorial services for loved ones buried in our cemetery in the month of Elul. Yizkor Services are also conducted during holiday services and the names of yarzheiten are ready weekly on Shabbat.
We meet monthly on the third Wednesday 7:30 PM to discover and interpret the world of the Babylonian Rabbis in stories they tell about themselves and their ancestors. Our textual analysis includes a lively discussion, parsing words of the story, learning its moral and relationship to our lives.
Past discussions have included lessons on being "too religious" or being "too humble," competition, treatment of non-Jews, and sexuality. No Talmudic or Hebrew knowledge is required for the program.
The Rabbi is available most Sundays after minyan and breakfast for private tutoring in Hebrew, Synagogue Skills, adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Conversion to Judaism. Please contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know what you are interested in. Couples are welcomed to sign up for short term sessions with the rabbi designed according to your interest.
Religious Services & Study
Every week when we take the Torah scrolls from the ark, we read aloud the prayer Mi Sheberach for healing followed by a congregation response "Please God, provide perfect healing" (refuah shleimah). We believe that all prayers go to heaven. Please follow (or fill in) instructions below and we will gladly add your friend or loved one to the list:
- Friday Evening, 7:30 pm
- Saturday Morning, 9:45 a.m.
- Sunday Minyan, 9:15 a.m.
Held after Sukkot until the end of May