Shabbat Morning Worship
Each Shabbat Morning we have several opportunities for members and friends alike to come together for a participatory and highly engaging service.
Kahal Shabbat Morning Worship
Kahal meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Weiner Room (lower level, near courtyard) for a full Shacharit (morning) service. Kahal means community, and this intergenerational Shabbat morning worship service offers a weekly opportunity to pray, sing and study in a lively, family-friendly environment. Each week, a thought-provoking discussion of the Torah portion is led by a Kahal volunteer, Rabbi London, or the Director of Lifelong Learning, Marci Dickman. Sign up here for a Kahal Honor.
Children are encouraged to join Kahal for as much or as little as they would like, with babysitting always available whenever they need a break, at no charge. Twice a month, while adults study Torah together, the children attend their own, age appropriate Torah study and activity groups. Services are followed by Kiddush each week, and on the last Saturday of each month, a potluck vegetarian lunch.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Each Shabbat morning a worship service and lively discussion of the week’s Torah reading is held downstairs in the Pearlman room (lower level, down the ramp), beginning at 9:30 a.m.. Led by lay Hebrew readers, the service mixes prayer and song followed by participatory discussion that focuses on interpretation aimed at both historic and contemporary understanding of the Parsha. A festive Kiddish follows.
Originally designed in the 1960' by Herbert Hubert, the service has been described as “reformadox," and includes a blend of spirituality, intellectuality, and camaraderie. Most participants wear a kippah and tallit, others do not. The minyan appeals to a spectrum of practice and tradition ranging from Modern Reform to Modern Orthodox, as has been aptly described.