A Different Approach to Prayer

Try a different approach to prayer by joining us at our creative service held six Shabbatot during the year and on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. “Creative” means that no two services are the same. In rotation, lay leaders build group prayer, discussion and study around prayers, poems and/or prose, as well as academic sources from the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds. They often introduce Chassidic Nigunim (songs) or moving modern Hebrew melodies and songs not typically found in standard services. Each time the focus changes, depending on the leader. The emphasis on a particular Shabbat may be on the Torah portion of the week, on an upcoming holiday, or on a contemporary ethical issue. Directed meditation is an occasional element, creating a reflective Shabbat atmosphere.

Part of the fun of attending our Creative Service is the opportunity to think about and engage in Jewish values and life in a manner different from that of our traditional service, which is held simultaneously in the main synagogue. And – for the sake of community – everybody joins together for kiddush!

You can find the dates and times of our Creative Services on the synagogue schedule posted on this website.

27.7.18 – Musical Kabbalat Shabbat, beginning at 18:15 with Ella Joy Meir and Mikhal Weiner from Lahakat Banot singing with Cantor Iris Beth Weiner and Yael Weiner (until the beginning of Shabbat at 19:20). Children welcome up to age 120.

A women wearing a kippa and talit, Hebrew text in background

Cantor Iris Weiner

6 women dressed in black sitting on steps

Banot ensemble

Preview their music on YouTube.

11.9.18 – Second day Rosh Hashana with a creative service

20.10.18 –  Or and Feliza Zohar, Motzei Shabbat, Havdalah and Melave Malka with their band