When a month has five Fridays, we celebrate with a special service. Fifth Fridays usually involve musical instruments and a theme. Examples of our Fifth Friday service themes include The Beatles, Bluegrass, Leonard Cohen, Folk Rock, Hand-Bells, Broadway Melodies, Simon & Garfunkel, Peter, Paul & Mary, and Camp Song Shabbat. Keep an eye on our Home Page for Fifth Friday announcements!
Shabbat Morning Services are held every Saturday at 10 a.m., and with Torah reading, last about two hours. Everyone is welcome to attend Saturday services, including services that celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. We invite all to join us for the Oneg luncheon following the service. When there is no Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the Oneg is a lighter snack, but still offers an opportunity to connect with others in a relaxed social setting.
Families are welcome to bring young children to evening or morning Shabbat services. We have picture books and quiet toys available at the back of the sanctuary so our youngsters can remain immersed in the service environment while otherwise engaged. However, if you find you need to leave early, arrive late or step out of the sanctuary with your children, we understand and appreciate your help in maintaining a worshipful atmosphere.
Contemplative Services are held in parallel with our regular service on the fourth Saturday of each month at 10 a.m., for about two hours. This is a small lay-led service for those wishing an alternative to the faster-paced regular Etz Chayim service. The service includes silence and spaciousness so that we can have more time with each individual prayer and be more aware of what is stirring in us. We follow the basic structure of the Shabbat service, but focus on fewer prayers, and on the essence or kavannah ("intention") of each of those prayers. These are chanted or sung to some familiar and some new melodies. In place of the Torah service, we engage in contemplative Torah study using a small section of the weekly parasha (portion) or the haftarah. The service concludes with a healing prayer and Kaddish.
Torah Study is held every Saturday morning, before Shabbat services, from 9-10 a.m. Everyone is invited to participate—the books are in English or English and Hebrew, and the discussion is in English. No prior experience, knowledge, or preparation is necessary. It is led by Rabbi Koritzinsky most weeks, on lay-led Sabbaths, a member of the group is the leader.