A Kabbalat Shabbat service is held at 7:30 pm every Friday evening. The service welcoming Shabbat is joyous, filled with song and celebration. Our prayer book is the Reform Siddur, Mishkan T’Filah. A selection from the week’s Torah portion is read and the service concludes with “naches,” a moment for expressing gratitude and sharing happy news.
Services are led by Rabbi Devora Buchen, who is an ordained cantor as well as Reform Rabbi.
Following Shabbat services, we gather in the Social Hall for Oneg Shabbat, a warm and relaxed time to spend with friends who feel like family.
On Shabbat morning, Rabbi Buchen leads a weekly Torah study group, with lively discussion, coffee and bagels.
When our young congregants become b’nai mitzvah, a special Shabbat service, including Torah reading, is led by the young person. The entire congregation turns out to celebrate this milestone and welcome the b’nai mitzvah to full participation in the rituals of Jewish life.
We have a Family Shabbat Service at 7:30 on the first Friday of the month. Gates of Prayer for Young People is our prayer book for this casual and lively service.
The children are invited to the bimah to participate in the service by reading English passages or chanting the prayers in Hebrew, a wonderful extension of what they are learning in religious school. To illuminate a teaching from the week’s Torah portion, the Rabbi gathers the children around her for a “story” and discussion of the week’s reading. Listening to the children and the Rabbi discuss the Torah portion is a truly delightful experience.
Following the service, we have a kid-friendly Oneg Shabbat, featuring a Shabbat treat made especially for the service: a chocolate challah!