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A Reform Congregation Since 1885

Yom Shlishi, 24 Kislev 5778

Shabbat

Candles3Shabbat, the Hebrew word for sabbath, is observed as a day of rest, joy, and holiness. Shabbat is the only sacred day in Judaism that occurs every week and is the only ritual prescribed by the Ten Commandments. 

Shabbat begins at sundown on Friday with the kindling of candles. It concludes with the appearance of three stars in the sky and the recitation of Havdalah (a ceremony of separation) on Saturday night. To paraphrase the writer Ahad Ha-am, Shabbat has been a major force in the survival and vitality of the Jewish people throughout history.

Shabbat Services

When Rabbi-Cantor John Kaplan is here, services begin at 7:00 p.m. Otherwise, services begin at 6:00 p.m. and are led by a member of the congregation.

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We enter this sanctuary to welcome Shabbat.
Within these walls we sit surrounded by numberless generations.
Our ancestors built the synagogue as a visible sign of God's Presence in their midst.
Throughout our long history and our endless wanderings, it has endured,
a becon of truth, love, and justice for all humanity.
Its presence guided our ancestors to lives of righteousness,
holding up to them a vision of their truest selves.

Now we, in our turn, come into this sanctuary to affirm the sacredness of our lives.
May we enter this place in peace.
May holiness wrap around us as we cross its threshold.
Weariness, doubt, the flaws within our human hearts,
the harshness of the week--let these drop away at the door.
In the brightness of Shabbat, let peace settle upon us as we lift our hearts in prayer.
~ Mishkan T'Filah

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"The world is sustained by three things:
Torah, Worship, & Loving Deeds."
~ Ethics of the Fathers 1:2

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Services begin at 6:00 p.m. when led by a member of the congregation. When Rabbi-Cantor Kaplan is here, services begin at 7:00 p.m. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.us for more information.

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