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Prayer/Tefillah

Introduction to Prayer/Tefillah at PSJC

PSJC is a welcoming congregation and a friendly place, filled alternately with enthusiastic song and powerful silence.  Our services, which are fully egalitarian (equal roles for all regardless of gender), are grounded in the traditional Conservative liturgy, complemented by contemporary forms of religious expression. Members of our congregation come from a wide range of backgrounds, from rabbis and yeshiva graduates to people with little or no Jewish background, including many who are Jews by choice (converts to Judaism). 

Our goal is for the synagogue to be accessible and comfortable to people who have varying degrees of familiarity with traditional prayer.  Transliterations (Hebrew words in English letters) are available in all services for people who are less comfortable reading Hebrew.  A Learners’ Minyan is held twice a month during services for those interested in understanding more about the Shabbat morning service.

We observe and hold services on all holidays and festivals, as well as on Shabbat, with Friday Night and Saturday Morning services.  we also hold  a weekly Shacharit (morning) service every Wednesday at 7:30 am, and on the mornings of Rosh Chodesh (the new month according to the Jewish Calendar).  A number of different services are provided for children and teens on Shabbat morning and during the High Holy Days. Times for religious services are always posted on the website home page. 

Our services are highly participatory and we encourage everyone to join in and even lead the traditional prayer services, chant Torah (leyn) as well as to give divrei Torah (sermons/discussions).  Classes and one-on-one support are provided to help develop new prayer leaders and leyners (Torah readers).  High Holy Day (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) prayers are led by Cantor Judy Ribnick as well as by members of the congregation.  On the first Friday night of every month, PSJC welcomes Shabbat with our lay-led, all sung service, Lev Tahor (the Pure Heart), and Cantor Ribnick leads us on the third Friday night of the month.  All other Friday night, Shabbat morning, Wednesday morning, Rosh Chodesh and Chaggim (Festival) service prayers are led by members of the congregation, in collaboration with Rabbi Carter.

Please follow the links to learn more about Friday Night Shabbat (including Lev Tahor) and Saturday Shabbat Morning services, High Holy Days, Learners Minyan, services for Children and Teens and Additional Information about services at PSJC.

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