Friday Night Erev Shabbat Services
We offer our contemporary, welcoming services in our Sanctuary at 6:30pm on the First Friday of the month, and at 7:00pm on the 2nd through 5th Fridays of the month. These services are led by Rabbi Folberg and Rabbi Rose. During this service, we strive for a balance between Hebrew and English prayers and invite congregational singing and participation throughout.
Children are invited up to the bimah every Friday night to share in the Kiddush and then remain on the bimah for a blessing given by the Rabbis. Each week, Rabbi Folberg or Rabbi Rose delivers a short sermon/d'var Torah designed to teach, connect, and inspire. Our talented group of Lay Cantorial Soloists provides a mix of familiar and modern music to enhance Shabbat worship.
Every week, we have a "Proneg" of wine, cheese, fruit, and other munchies to help transition from the work week into Shabbat. This begins at 6:00pm every Friday, whether the service begins at 6:30pm or at 7:00pm.
Our First Friday services are followed by a homemade dinner prepared by our Sisterhood. Everyone is invited to attend (donations requested to cover the cost of dinner and to support our Camp Scholarship Fund). After services on the remaining Friday nights during the month, we have a festive Oneg where attendees can catch up with each other and meet newcomers to the community.
On the second Friday night of the month (September - May), we offer a short Classical Reform service from 6:00-6:40pm in the Chapel. This is in addition to the mainstream service offered at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary on the 2nd Friday of each month (September through May, holidays permitting). For this service, we use the "Union Prayer Book," with the service readings being primarily in English. We use more "classical reform" melodies during this service (almost all of the music for this service was written before 1970). Accompanied by Greta Gutman on the piano, Rabbi Folberg or Rabbi Rose leads this service each month with Lay Cantorial Soloist Shari Nichols and occasional additional guests.
Our weekly Shabbat morning services begin at 10:30am, immediately following Torah Study which begins at 9:15am. Our Shabbat morning services are participatory and inclusive and we are fortunate to have many congregants who participate in leading worship and reading from the Torah and Haftarah.
On some Saturday mornings, a student celebrating becoming a bar or bat mitzvah will assist with leading worship and reading from the Torah, however, our worship is always intended to be a community celebration of Shabbat and at least one Aliyah is reserved for members of the community not related to the student. We look forward to seeing you at one of our warm and inclusive Shabbat morning services.