Shabbat offers a time of reflection and joy
Sherith Israel is a warm and inviting place to take leave of our hectic week, and calm and refresh our souls. Services enrich us with the prayers and poetry of our updated Reform siddur, Mishkan T’filah. Uplifting music adds a special dimension to our spirituality as our voices join in songs and melodies drawn from traditional, contemporary and eclectic Jewish sources from around the world.
Our ruach (spirit) reaches not only upward but also outward towards each other. Worshiping communally and individually, we find and praise God in the ways most fulfilling to all of us and each of us.
Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat
6–7:15 pm: Worship
7:15 pm: Oneg
Each Friday-night service of the month is a little different. All are based on the core prayers found in every synagogue worldwide. We generally reserve the second Friday night of the month for our spirited Family Shabbat with special music by song leader Lior Ben-Hur and his band. Other services feature our congregational choir, Koleynu, or our Murray Harris organ. Always, we offer a warm welcome and the opportunity to get to know each other noshing at an inviting oneg. Celebrating a simcha? We invite you to sponsor a special oneg and share your happiness.
First Friday of each month
6 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat service
7:15 pm: Kiddush followed by catered Shabbat dinner
Join Rabbi Jessica Graf, Cantor David Frommer, music director Jonathan Dimmock, our Koleynu choir and visiting musicians as we fill our dome with music. Catered Shabbat dinner: $18 for adult members; $36 for adult nonmembers; $12 for children 6–13; free for preschoolers under 6.
Second Friday of the month
6 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat service
7:15 pm: Kiddush, congregational vegetarian dinner and potluck dessert
Enjoy a lively family Shabbat with Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller, Cantor David Frommer and Lior Ben-Hur.
Saturday Torah study
Every Saturday morning, except Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur if they fall on Shabbat, congregants and guests gather to study the weekly parashah (portion). Led by one of our clergy or occasionally by a guest or congregant, the hour offers learning from traditional and contemporary sources, as well as lively discussion. We are not shy about expressing our opinions, and we invite you to share yours. Enjoy bagels and lox along with the spirited conversation.
Light streams through our magnificent stained-glass windows while the sounds of prayer, song and Torah embrace us. Intimate and informal, our morning Shabbat service follows the basic structure of the Mishkan T’filah prayerbook. When b’nai mitzvah are called to the Torah, services may last an additional thirty to forty-five minutes. It’s a simcha. What’s the rush?
Through the year we also hold expanded Shabbat programs, addressing legal and medical issues. Additionally, we enjoy Shabbat Chai several times a year, bringing our generations together for a mix of Torah study, yoga, Religious School programs and Tot Shabbat activities. Everyone meets for a family-oriented Shabbat morning service, including a traditional Torah reading. Kiddush and a congregational potluck lunch follow.