Our congregation is progressive and unaffiliated. Our Shabbat services are member-led most every week. Our Shabbat morning services feature an English-language reading and discussion of the weekly Torah portion. Participants join in a spirited exchange that can range from Rashi to Jung to Cynthia Ozick to Mel Brooks. Our members, who run the gamut from the Jewishly knowledgeable to the cautiously curious, take great pleasure in wrestling with text. Even first timers — many coming to us without any real Jewish frame of reference — sense that they have found an unusually democratic playing field. We all recognize that questions are as valuable as answers.
Several times a year Rabbi Or Rose or other visiting scholars conduct services and workshops. Rabbi Rose is based in Boston and is the founding director of the Center for Global Judaism which provides educational programming and resources on issues of contemporary Jewish spirituality, Israel-Diaspora relations, religious pluralism and environmental responsibility. He also serves as co-director of the Center for Interreligious and Community Leadership Education, a joint venture of Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School. Rabbi Rose also conducts our High Holiday Services.
Weekly shabbat service schedule
9:30 am Saturday - Weekly Shabbat service throughout the year subject to weather related cancellations.
10:30 am (approximate) Torah Discussion
11:00 am First Shabbat of the Month – Tot Shabbat held in the lower multi-purpose room for pre-school children and their families
Occasional Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat services are also held (See our weekly newsletter, The Update, for current schedules for Kabbalat Shabbat and other holidays.)
We frequently have lively celebrations for other Jewish holidays throughout the year such as a Tu Beshevat Seder, Purim Schpiel, Reading the Book of Ruth for Shavuot, Sukkah Decorating and Sukkot Luncheon and Hannukah Candle Lighting.
continuing education programs