Religious Services 2016-12-30T11:01:23+00:00

nertamid_webOur Religious Services are free (unless noted) and open to the community and are led by our Clergy: Rabbi Kosak, Cantor Bletstein and Rabbi Posen. Some services are lay led as well (if noted). Feel free to call our office with questions. Check our calendar for exact dates and times.

Eleanor Fischer Dial-In Service – If you are unable to attend Shabbat Services, dial in to hear them. Call 503.246.8831, then press 9

TRADITIONAL SERVICES

Kabbalat Shabbat
Every Friday: 6:15pm
Join our clergy for a traditional Kabbalat Shabbat Service where we weave together ancient and modern melodies as we celebrate Shabbat.

Shabbat Morning Service
Every Saturday: 9:00am
Traditional weekly Shabbat morning service.
Free Shabbat child care available from 9:30am by advance reservation only. Please call 503.246.8831 by noon on the preceding Wednesday to reserve space.

Daily Minyan: Sunday-Friday ( weekdays 7:15am, Sundays 9:00am)
This minyan is maintained by dedicated and devoted congregants who ensure this service is available. Weekday services begin at 7:15am, except on Rosh Chodesh and intermediate days of a holiday (Sukkot, Chanukah, and Passover) when services begin at 7:00am. Services on Sundays, major Jewish holidays, and major American holidays begin at 9:00am, year-round.

ONE-OFF SERVICES

We offer many different prayer experiences throughout the month… Come and find your place! There is something for everyone.

Special Fridays with Ilene Safyan, 6:15pm
Bring your spirit and your voice together for a special Kabbalat Shabbat. Accompanied by Ilene Safyan on guitar, this service is one of beautiful music, filled with much singing and participation. New melodies are intermixed with congregational favorites. It’s a wonderful way to welcome Shabbat, as a community.

Downstairs Minyan
2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturdays, 9:00am
Downstairs Minyan is a lay-led Shabbat service followed by a light Kiddush and lively singing of z’mirot. If you are interested in leading a part of the service or reading Torah please contact Eddy Shuldman at: mameleh@comcast.net

Youth and Young Families Shabbat Services –  Open to All

Tot Shabbat – Families with children 5 and under
1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10:15am
Experience the joy of Shabbat! A fun and engaging service for families with babies, toddlers, and children up to age 5. Join our skilled early childhood educators: Levia, Amy and their good friend Shabbos Mouse for Neveh Shalom’s liveliest Shabbat service. Enjoy singing, dancing, scarf waving, parachutes, story telling and more! Stay for a yummy kiddush lunch and become a part of our welcoming community of young families.

Kiddush Club – Families with kids k-3rd Grade
1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10:15am
Families with kids 5 and up: Looking to continue the fun and warmth of Tot Shabbat? Do you love to sing, hear a Torah story, maybe even dance on Shabbat morning? If the answer is YES, then join us on the 1st & 3rd Shabbat of each month for Kiddush Club! 1st Shabbat of the month with Rabbi Eve Posen, 3rd Shabbat of the month with Gershon Liberman. Followed by Kiddush lunch.

New! Torah Troop for 3rd-5th graders
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10:00am
Gershon Liberman and Laura Kosak lead this next-step-up program from Kiddush Club. Meet in the MAIN service (Stampfer Chapel or Main Sanctuary) for the beginning of the Torah service, and then come out with your friends for a fun and active lesson on the Torah portion (parsha) of the week. Return to the service to help lead Adon Olam, and join the community for lunch!

Fourth Friday – Families with children 0-6
4th Friday of each Month, 5:15pm

Rabbi Eve Posen leads this interactive home service that welcomes Shabbat through song and stories.

Tell me more about Shabbat.

Shabbat (Sabbath) is the Jewish day of rest and symbolizes the day of rest after six days of creation.  Shabbat starts at sundown Friday and ends at sundown Saturday.  It’s traditionally a time to take a break from regular activities, to spend time with family and friends, and to attend synagogue.  Observant Jews refrain from using electricity, driving cars, writing and working on Shabbat.  Many Conservative Jews adapt these customs to fit their own level of observance.

The Shabbat morning service at our synagogue is similar to services at synagogues around the world.  Neveh Shalom is part of Judaism’s Conservative or Masorti movement, which one could say is “middle of the road.”  Conservative Jews keep many traditional practices (such as observing Shabbat and keeping kosher) while adapting customs and rituals to reflect the times in which we live.  Neveh Shalom is a fully egalitarian synagogue, so men and women share the same roles and responsibilities.

Most of the service is chanted Hebrew, with a few English sections.  You may notice that the prayer book seems “backwards,” since Hebrew goes from right to left.  The rabbi will call out page numbers as we move through the service.  The prayer book (or siddur) is in Hebrew and has both English translations and some transliteration Hebrew words written in English) of the prayers.

There are several times during the service when the rabbi will ask the congregation to stand or sit; it’s pretty easy to follow along. There is lots of singing during the service.

There are four main parts to the service:

  1. During Psukei D’zimra (around 9:00 to 9:30), we chant psalms and prayers that help warm up for the rest of the service.
  2. The Shacharit section (around 9:30 to 10:00) includes the Sh’ma, a selection from the book of Deuteronomy that is a central part of every morning and evening Jewish prayer service, and the Amidah, a time for silent prayer and meditation.
  3. The Torah Service will start around 10:00.  It’s customary for Jews to kiss the Torah as it passes them.  The Torah is divided into weekly portions, and the entire Torah is read during the course of the Jewish year. The same portion is read in synagogues around the world.  Several family members and congregants will be honored with an aliyah and say blessings before each section of the Torah is read.  After the Torah is read, the haftarah, which this week is a selection from the book of Judges is read.  After the Torah service, there is an explanation of the Torah portion (D’var Torah). And, then the final service of the morning Musaf, or concluding service.

Who’s in charge of the service?

If there is a B’nai Mitzvah the Bat/Bar Mitzvah will lead some parts of the service, other parts will be led by clergy and lay people.  We have several rabbis at our synagogue; Rabbi David Kosak will is our senior rabbi.  We also have a cantor, Debbie Bletstein, who leads the congregation in singing.  Rabbi Eve Posen is our rabbinic educator and youth director and will often be found in our Tot Shabbat or one of the young family services.

I want to know more.  What’s a good source of information?

There are lots of good web sites out there, but a good site for basic information about Judaism is My Jewish Learning.