“Neshamah” means soul in Hebrew.
The Jewish prayer service is designed as a long guided meditation that connects your soul to God and the Jewish people. The goal of the Neshamah Minyan is to help people who do not understand Hebrew and who do not have an in-depth understanding of the structure and allusions in the Hebrew prayerbook experience that kind of soul connection. Of course, understanding Hebrew and the prayers does not preclude you from participating in the Neshamah Minyan!
The service will include silent meditation, chanting, singing, a discussion of the Torah portion, as well as traditional Jewish prayer. Each prayer will be introduced with a teaching on the essence of the prayer we are about to recite.
The “Neshamah Minyan” is an alternative service meeting in a separate space; the traditional Shabbat service is led by Rabbi Joseph in the Kimerling Chapel when Neshamah Minyan meets.
The service begins at 10 am and finishes by noon.
If you would like to help plan or lead the Neshamah Minyan, please contact Rav Barry.
Saturday Evening Services
Saturday afternoon Minyan occurs at 5 pm on Feb. 18, Feb. 25 and March 4. On March 11, we’ll be celebrating Purim. Services will not occur at 5 pm, but instead will begin with the Megillah reading at 6:30 pm. Daylight Savings Time begins March 12. Beginning March 18, Saturday afternoon Minyan will occur at 5:30 pm.
Wednesday Morning Minyan Study & Nosh – Following Minyan, Rav Barry leads an exploration of our weekly liturgy. This is a great way to delve deeper into the history, meaning and relevance of everyday prayer. Join us at 7 am for Minyan and a light nosh discussion with the Minyanaires.
Weekday Service Schedule
Daily Morning Minyan: 7 am
Sundays and Secular Holidays: 8 am
Daily Afternoon Minyan: 5:30 pm (This service currently includes Ma’ariv, the evening service, and does not include Mincha, the afternoon service.)
Saturday Afternoon Minyan: 5 pm