A Different Approach to Prayer

Try a different approach to prayer by joining us at our creative service held several 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.

Please join us – all are welcome! 

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat, 21 June 

We are very excited to host once again Cantor Iris Beth Weiner and Yael Weiner to lead a musical Kabbalat Shabbat, at 18:15

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat, 21 June We are very excited to host once again Cantor Iris Beth Weiner and Yael Weiner to lead a musical Kabbalat Shabbat, at 18:15

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat, 26 July

 With Yosef Kibita and Music from the Abayudaya community in Uganda,
at 18:15

A group of black Jews wearing large kippot.

Yosef Kibita and other members of Abayudaya community ‎

Rabbi Mina Bromberg joined us as a Scholar-in-Residence, on Shabbat 1-2 March 2019

Havdalah with Rabbi Mina Bromberg 

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