Shabbat Services at Kehilat Shalom

“Six days a week we wrestle with the world…. On Shabbat we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul.” — Abraham Joshua Heschel

 

Friday Night Services

On Friday nights at 7:45 pm, we welcome Shabbat with song, prayer, and personal reflection.

During the school year, services include participation by Religious School students and other synagogue groups. On select Friday nights, we feature a guest speaker or host a community Shabbat dinner.

 

Saturday Morning Services

The Saturday morning service begins at 9:15 am, with the Torah service starting at about 10:15 am. Rabbi Charles Arian and Hazzan Kim Komrad lead the egalitarian service in the main sanctuary. Congregants fill many roles, from leading parts of the service toreading Torah to helping others find their page in the prayer book.

Our service follows the traditional flow of the Shabbat morning service, with opportunities to sing, to reflect, and to learn. The youngest members of the congregation are always welcome. During the Torah procession, the rabbi invites the children to take a plush Torah and circle the congregation with the adults.

To help meet the needs of all our guests and congregants, we offer large print prayer books, individual listening devices, a ramp to the center bima, and activity bags with quiet toys and books for young children.

Following services, members and guests alike are invited to Kiddush, a community light lunch. Here you’ll find friends socializing and members answering questions for those who are new to the community.

 

Junior Congregation

Junior Congregation is a participatory service for children in grades 3-6 and their families. It is held in the chapel on select Saturday morning during the school year. Junior Congregation gives children an opportunity to lead and participate in a simplified Shabbat service, deepening their familiarity with prayer and ritual, and allowing them to experience Judaism as a community. Post B’nai Mitzvah students participate in the service as prayer leaders and Torah readers.