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Shabbat offers a time of reflection and joy

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. 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 & Musical Shabbat

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.

First Friday Shabbat dinners feature guest speakers on a range of topics from current issues to ancient texts. Our dinners are fully catered with a little something for every appetite. 

Saturday Torah study

9:15–10:15 am 

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.

Saturday worship

10:30 am–noon 

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?

Late Minyan

7:30 pm Friday evenings, once a month

Upcoming dates: Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 22, & Dec 20
Looking for something different on Shabbat? Check out a musical minyan in the round, beneath the majestic dome of our historic sanctuary. No microphones. No instruments. Just singing. We'd love to hear you there! Email Cantor Frommer for more information.

Fri, February 21 2020 26 Sh'vat 5780