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. A community kiddush follows;
- Occasionally, Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat services are also held. (See our weekly newsletter, The Update, for current schedules for Kabbalat Shabbat and other holidays.)
Our congregation is progressive and deliberately unaffiliated. Shabbat services are member-led most every week and 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 and on the High Holidays, Rabbi Or Rose joins us to conduct services and workshops. Rabbi Rose is Director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College in Boston, and 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.
In addition to Shabbat and the High Holidays, we frequently have lively celebrations for other Jewish festivals throughout the year such as our hilarious take on the Purim Schpiel; a Tu Beshevat Seder; Reading the Book of Ruth for Shavuot; Sukkah Decorating and Sukkot Luncheon; and Chanukah Candle Lighting. Please read our weekly Update or the Calendar for details of coming events.