Every Shabbat morning we come together as a community for spirited davening (prayer) led by Cantor Finklestein, often accompanied by our choir and organist, and chanting the weekly Torah and Haftarah reading. Services are held in either the Sanctuary or the more informal setting of the Schwartz Social Hall.
During the morning, we share in four special learning moments:
- a short d’var tefila, or prayerful intention, to help us enter our prayer;
- introductions to the two biblical readings that highlight and interpret their narratives; and
- a sermon or text study by our rabbis raising questions and addressing concerns that are meaningful and relevant to our lives.
Community members young and old participate and help lead the service, taking on the role of prayer leader, reading Torah and Haftarah, and reciting special blessings for Israel, for community and for peace.
Our services begin at 9:30am and end around 11:45, followed by a Kiddush lunch, and time together with family and friends.