Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
Everyone is welcome.
Followed by an extremely good kiddush lunch
We have been meeting every Saturday since 1930 to celebrate Shabbat. Everyone is welcome, no matter your level of Jewish experience. If you’re not sure about the service, come around noon for the kiddush and meet us. We love to feed newcomers to the synagogue, though be forewarned we may also ask you to help take out the trash.
About the service:
- As our Shabbat prayerbook, we use the Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals, which is used by most Conservative and some Reform congregations.
- Our services have plenty of Hebrew, but also plenty of English. The Siddur Sim Shalom has Hebrew and good English translations on facing pages.
- People who grew up in a Conservative or a Conservative-leaning Reform congregation report that they feel comfortable with our services. We are friendly, and we try to make everyone feel welcome.
- We sing a lot. We sing loud!
- Our services are heartfelt.
- Our Shabbat services are conducted by Cantor Ken Rothstein assisted by members of the congregation. Ken went to the Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.
- We don’t have a rabbi most of the time. We do it ourselves, teaching each other and learning to fill all the roles called for by the liturgy. Services feature a drash (commentary) by a congregation member.
- Children are welcome. There is a play and reading area adjacent to the sanctuary, but parents are responsible.
- We try to start our Shabbat services on time at 10:00 a.m. Torah reading starts at around 10:40, and the service usually finishes around 12:30.
- Shabbat services are followed by a dairy kiddush potluck. If you visit, plan to stay for lunch. If you bring food, and we hope you do, please, dairy or vegetarian only (no meat, poultry, or shellfish). (Or squid.)