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.

Minna Bromberg with a guitar

Minna Bromberg

Rabbi Mina Bromberg will join us on Scholar in Residence, on Shabbat 1-2 March 2019

Minna Bromberg is a Rabbi, singer, song-writer. The emphasis in Minna’s singing is not performing before an audience who passively listens, but rather as a way of bringing people into the experience of the music. Minna was born and raised in the States, and finished her doctorate in sociology, and was ordained as a Rabbi at “Hebrew College” in Boston. After her studies she served a Conservative Congregation in Pennsylvania for five years.  Minna and her husband made aliyah in 2014. During the Shabbat which she will spend with us there will be a number of ways in which we will examine the connection between song and the spirit, through our sources and through joint efforts at song.

Minna will be our Scholar in Residence 1-2nd of March 2019 and will light us up with song and knowledge.

Or and Feliza Zohar and their band

Or and Feliza Zohar and their band

On Motzei Shabbat, 20.10.18, we hosted Or and Feliza Zohar and their band for a Malka of sacred music with texts taken and adapted from traditional Jewish texts