“Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel
Traditional Shabbat Schedule
On Shabbat morning, we gather to pause and reflect,
- to notice the transcendent value of our actions
- to celebrate the goodness of what is
- to be inspired by the words and music of our traditional egalitarian service
- to provide one another with spiritual support and comfort.
Our service draws on familiar prayers and melodies, as well as the best new and energizing tunes. Shabbat is our heavenly palace where we meditate on the gifts of life and love, neighbors and friends, and recommit ourselves to dream in league with God.
You can expect our Saturday morning worship to roughly follow the following schedule. People are invited to come and go during the various services. Children are also encouraged to be part of this prayer time. There is a play space provided with Shabbat-friendly toys for toddlers. As you move around, please be mindful to not enter or exit during the whispered Amida (standing prayer).
Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat: 5:45 pm
Saturday Morning Services: 9:30 am
Shacharit: 9:30-10:15 am
Torah Service: 10:15-11:20 am
Sermon: 11:20-11:40 am
Musaf/Sabbath Prayer Offerings: 11:40 am-noon
Saturday Afternoon: 6 pm (beginning Sept. 7)
Following services, attendees can catch up with friends, welcome newcomers and chat with Rabbi Stephen at a beautifully prepared Kiddush Luncheon. If you would like to learn more about sponsoring a kiddush in honor of a joyful occasion in your life, click here.
Special Shabbat Schedule
Special Services Occur Every Shabbat from 10:15 am to 11:15 am.
For the last few years, Nan Unkenholz has provided another access point to Saturday morning services, with Yoga Nidra. Last year, Sarah Metzger led a Family Service that many enjoyed. And for several years now, Shira Goldberg has led an engaging Tot Shabbat for the littlest ones. Building off of the richness of these services we are expanding the options on Saturday mornings. We will be running concurrent services every Shabbat. From 10:15-11:15 am, you can participate in one of the following:
Tardema: Meditative Rest Is a Time for Calm Reflection
On the first Shabbat of every month, Nan Unkenholz will lead a Jewish guided meditation. Many choose to bring yoga mats and lay on the floor during this practice but you may also sit in a chair if that is more comfortable for you.
Shir Chadash: A Joyful Shabbat Service for All Ages and Tot Shabbat
Once a month, Sarah Metzger will lead services which will include upbeat songs played with a guitar. If you loved your summer camp prayer experiences, this is for you. Children are warmly invited to come to sing along or play in the environment along with a responsible adult. These special services will coincide with a Family Shabbat that includes L’Dor v’Dor Shabbat School lessons and Tot Shabbat (led by Shira Goldberg and Bethany Slater) from 11 am-noon.
Shalem: Cultivating Wholeness
Once each month (typically the third Saturday), Sharron Mendel Swain will lead this mindful service on wholeness. What better time than just before the High Holidays to embark on our own healing journey with monthly Shalem (meaning, wholeness) services? Each month Sharron will open up space for us to reflect using poetry, stories, songs and prayer.
Sept. 21: Forgiving Others: Timed to take place right before the Days of Awe, this session will give participants the opportunity to practice asking for (and offering) forgiveness. We’ll practice with humor, kindness and joy, with things and people that are totally safe. Whether or not you choose to take this out and do it in real life, you’ll definitely come away with a new experience of how liberating forgiveness can feel, on both sides of the equation.
Yom Kippur Afternoon: Let’s face it, sometimes the holidays are hard. Whether you’re dealing with an illness, a heartbreak, a loss, or a disappointment, you are invited to come to take part in this special service. This will be a time to come together in community, to find comfort in poetry, our personal lamentations, silence and songs. There is healing power in connecting with others when things are tough, and in sharing dreams and aspirations for the coming year.
Keruv: For Drawing Near
Each month (typically the fourth Saturday), Bethany Slater will lead us through the Shacharit service, engaging the prayers with thoughtful reflection in both Hebrew and in English and with song and silence. The goal is to connect to the emotional and spiritual arc of Shacharit. This service is good for beginners or for advanced daveners.
Daily morning Minyan: 7 am
Daily afternoon Minyan (Mon.-Thurs.): 5 pm
Sundays & Holidays: 8 am
Sunday afternoon Minyan: 5:30 pm
Contact us to sign up to be on the Minyanaire Call List. Be sure to mention which Minyan time and days you are available.