Communal prayer and study are traditional practices in the Jewish spiritual path of Shabbat. The Jewish Sabbath is the original mindfulness practice. On Shabbat we stop “doing” and practice just “being,” noticing what is and enjoying the present moment. On Shabbat we “unplug” and cease from exercising control over others and the world. On Shabbat we are free, and we allow others to be free to experience the fullness of being alive.
Our Shabbat services, held on Saturday mornings at 10:00am, are intimate, participatory, and relaxed. Newcomers are warmly welcomed, no matter your knowledge level or Jewish background. We are a fully egalitarian synagogue, and men and women receive equal honours and opportunities to participate. The dvar torah (sermon) opens into a group discussion, allowing the exchange of ideas and multiple voices. Services are followed by a vegetarian Kiddush lunch, where we can continue our conversation. Every month or so we have a Friday night potluck dinner, providing more opportunities to build community, often including a scholar-in-residence.
There are many opportunities to get involved. We are always looking for torah readers, haftarah readers, and service leaders. If you have an upcoming wedding, yahrzeit, birthday, or if you’ve just recovered from an illness or given birth, we invite you to be called up to the Torah for an aliyah, to recite the blessings over Torah reading and receive a special mi shebeirach blessing for yourself. Contact Roger Antebi, Head Parnass, to volunteer or to receive an aliyah, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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