“Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the shul is currently closed to the public, with minimal services offered. However, you can now sign up for in-person services, following the requested protocol. Click here to sign up or learn more. You can watch services online on our YouTube page or visit our Facebook page.
If you’d like to say Kaddish for a loved one, you can do so virtually during Friday evening services. After extensive study of the many different halakhic positions regarding virtual Minyan, Rabbi Stephen has determined that it is acceptable to say Kaddish d’rabbanan at that service after studying Torah and when 10 people are present on Zoom. If you are observing a Yahrzeit this week and would like to say Kaddish, please join us Friday night at 5:15 pm on Zoom. The Rabbi will lead you in this special Kaddish and will say the parts of Kaddish d’rabbanan that are unfamiliar.
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: 5:15 pm
Click here to join the Zoom service at 5:15 pm. The Zoom meeting is reoccurring, so you’ll use the same meeting information each week. The reoccurring Zoom meeting ID is 897 5843 1622. You can also watch watch on Facebook Live.
View the Minyan schedule and times here. Wednesday evenings we meet in person, as of March 2021, outdoors. We also meet outdoors Thursday mornings for Minyan. All other Minyan services are virtual.
Special Shabbat Schedule
Special Services Occur Every Shabbat from 10:15 am to 11:15 am after we reach a more complete level of reopening.
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.
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.
Weekday Services (In-Person)
Please fill out this questionnaire to let us know if you’re interested in leading Minyan and also confirm you are fully vaccinated.
Daily morning Minyan: 7 am
Daily afternoon Minyan (Mon.-Thurs.): 5 pm
Sundays & Holidays: 8 am
Sunday afternoon Minyan: 5:30 pm
See schedule above for Saturday evening Minyan.
Contact us to sign up to be on the Minyanaire Call List. Be sure to mention which Minyan time and days you are available.