It is the challenge of spirituality—a direct connection to the Divine and an inspiring Judaism–that moves us to contribute. It is the building of sacred community (k’hilah k’doshah) wherever that community gathers to study, pray, or do deeds of loving-kindness or tikkun olam to create a sacred space (mikdash).
Peter S. Knobel
Shabbat services typically occur on Friday at 7:30 and on occasional Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Also, on mornings when Taking Hold of Torah meets, there is a brief tefillah (prayer) moment prior to engaging in communal study. Please check the calendar for current listings.
In many ways our prayerbook is reflective of our synagogue. We use Siddur Eit Ratzon (www.newsiddur.org) a traditional prayer book designed for those who seek spirituality and meaning beyond what they have found in conventional prayer books.
- It refers to God using contemporary English terms that are relevant to our experience, and addresses God primarily in the second person, so that the prayers are more personal as well as gender-neutral.
- It includes guideposts for beginners and for those seeking to broaden their prayer experience
- It provides a line-by-line transliteration of the entire Hebrew text to help you participate more fully in the service
- It provides a translation that speaks to the modern reader.
- The way it was chosen is also representative of our egalitarian approach. After a review of several siddurim, the Religious Culture Committee, in conjunction with our rabbi, selected it. We believe it best reflects who we are and what we stand for.