All of our services are still taking place on Zoom; currently we'll holding two mutli-access Shabbat services each month. Please check the calendar to see what kind of services we're offering each week. To attend services in person:
At 10:30 am on the first and third Saturday mornings of each month, we hold a Shabbat morning service.
Our services reflect the spirit of Kol HaLev, with its blend of lay and professional leadership and the warm welcoming of guests. We use the Reconstructionist Kol Haneshamah siddur which has Hebrew, with full egalitarian translations, extensive transliterations, and a large selection of contemporary poetry and readings.
Services are often preceded by Torah study for adults that begins at 9:30 am and lasts 45 minutes. The Torah portion for each Shabbat is noted on our calendar. We have humashim for the reading and study of the Torah portion, donated in honor of our Founding Rabbi Jeffrey Schein.
Here is a guide to our Shabbat morning service.
The morning ends with kiddush (blessings for wine and bread) and conversation among members and guests. Click here for Kiddush instructions.
We have a Shabbat educational program for children on the first and third Saturday mornings of each month. (Learn more about our Hagiga program.) In addition, there is a Tot Shabbat at 11:00 am as well as babysitting available for all members and guests (when services are held in person).
On the fourth Saturday mornings of most months, the format for our Shabbat morning service includes elective workshops and an intergenerational service. We begin at 10:00am with elective workshops which vary from month to month. Some of the workshops have included Shabbat Tai Chi, Text Study, Games, Music and Knitting. After the workshops, we have an intergenerational service at 11:00am in the chapel at the Ratner School. Families and all ages are welcome to attend and participate in Shabbat Kehillah.
At 8:00 pm on the fourth Friday evening of most months, we hold a Kabbalat Shabbat (welcoming Shabbat) service in the chapel at the Ratner School. Each service supplements the traditional prayers with choices made by the service leaders. There may be discussion of a topic, meditation, additional songs, poetry and readings. These services are almost entirely musical with very little speaking. When we meet in person, we occasionally precede the service with a family potluck dinner and singing. The evening ends with an Oneg Shabbat (literally 'joy of the Sabbath') - a kiddush (blessings for wine and bread) - and a time for conversation for members and guests.
Our fifth Shabbat services focus on four types of services:
Our Healing Services are held on request in the early evening on a weekday. Usually about an hour long, they include simple ceremonies, quiet prayer, meditation and the optional sharing of personal concerns in a small group setting. Members interested in being part of a Healing Service are asked to contact Rabbi Steve.
We gather in prayer and celebration to observe many holidays together, including Hanukkah, Tu B'Shvat, Purim, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah.
We welcome those who are not members of our community to share the High Holy Days with us as members for the months of Elul and Tishri. (Learn more about High Holy Days Membership.) Pre-registration is required.
Our prayerbook is the Reconstructionist Mahzor Leyamim Nora'im (prayer book for the Days of Awe). It is an inclusive, comprehensive volume for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services; one that is rooted in the traditional Hebrew liturgy, yet fully contemporary. The Mahzor, which can be purchased from the Reconstructionist Press, is a book with so many thoughtful readings that some members read it as a way to prepare for the High Holy Days.
Handy Glossary of Torah and Tefillah (Prayer) Terms