Shabbat

Shabbat

Shabbat Shalom!

Every Shabbat our multi-generational kehillah kedosha —  (sacred community) comes together to pray (and sway), to learn, engage, and  let our voices soar through our magnificent sanctuary. Or sometimes we just hum along.

But we always leave inspired.

We use the Conservative prayer book Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals. We also provide transliteration of many of our prayers.

Our morning service begins at 9:00 a.m. Our Shabbat services will fill your soul, and our weekly Shabbat lunch will fill your belly.

Shabbat mornings at Shaarey Zedek offer:

  • A focus on relevancy — thought-provoking sermons that are inspiring, spiritual and relevant, to help us see the connection between scripture and current issues facing Judaism and society.
  • Sharing in the celebration of our B’nai Mitzvah and numerous other simchas, as well as life’s sorrows.
  • Opportunities for everyone to be included and participate in our services. We are egalitarian and proud to welcome our first female gabbai!
  • Participatory services and sing-along melodies, both modern and traditional, led by a world-class Hazzan.

If you have a special occasion, we want to celebrate you with a blessing and an aliyah. Click here to contact Assistant Cantor Leonard Gutman to put your date on the calendar.

Shabbat for Young Families

Our vibrant community of young families joyously celebrates Shabbat by participating in our youth services: Kehillah Kids and Me and My Toddler. Weather permitting, there’s playtime outside and Shabbat picnics.

At the end of services, they join our main congregation, just in time for HaMotzi, candy and hugs. (There are even special kid-size tables and kid-friendly food at lunch).

Judaism Alive!

Judaism Alive! is a once-per-month exploration of prayer guided by Rabbi Yonatan Dahlen. All ages, backgrounds, and knowledge levels are welcome to celebrate the beauty of Shabbat together!

Judaism Alive! is your opportunity to let your hair down, to explore prayer and tradition with other seekers in a judgement-free zone where all questions are explored and no question is foolish.

Share some, or all, of your Shabbat morning with this diverse group, sitting in the round and engaging with the sacredness of Shabbat through song, meditation, conversation, and limmud (Torah study). Listen or participate, sing, read, lead or absorb – all options are open, and everyone is welcome.

Whether you’ve davened your entire life, or if this is your first time experiencing Jewish prayer, you are invited to join our intimate group and to embrace the peace, the beauty, and the power of Shabbat, with friends who will quickly become family. We can’t wait to see you!

Shabbat Evening Services

Regularly, we enjoy lively musical Friday night  services that we’ve dubbed Thank God It’s Shabbat (T.G.I.S.), accompanied by guitars, drums and other instruments. In summer, we look forward to our Friday night “themed Shabbats” (Western Shabbat or Patriotic Shabbat, for example), set on our beautiful outdoor William Saulson Pavilion.