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Introduction to Shabbat Services

Shalom. We are always delighted to have new people join us, and we hope that this brief description of our Shabbat services will help you participate and feel at home in our community. 

We observe Shabbat from dusk on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. It is our “palace in time,” a day devoted to God, study and sharing meals with family and friends. Throughout Shabbat, to help maintain the character of the day, we ask everyone to turn off cell phones, beepers and any other electronic devices, and also refrain from taking pictures, making videos, writing, smoking or using the phone anywhere on the synagogue grounds.  With these distractions and trappings of the regular week silenced, we are able to raise our voices in song, to listen to one another and to ourselves in new and connective ways.

Shacharit, Torah, Dizimrah seukei morning services include P’Shabbat, and Maariv and Kabbalat Shabbat Friday night services include and Musaf.  Both Friday night and Saturday morning services include a d’var Torah (word of Torah), in the form of a sermon and/or discussion, and end with a communal Kiddush, which is a time to enjoy a nosh, meet new people and schmooze. Friday night services are approximately one hour long, and Saturday morning services start at 10:00 AM and generally end at 12:30PM.  

Children's Services
We have a variety of services and programs for children and families.For more information about these services, please visit the Children's Services section of our website.

Friday Night Services
Services begin at Kabbalat Shabbat , cookies, and opportunities to schmooze.  kiddush Shabbat, complete with Oneg (the evening service). We conclude the evening together with a friendly Ma’ariv, the service continues with a brief Torah discussion followed by Kabbalat Shabbat. Beginning with joyous singing (and occasional dancing) Friday night at PSJC offers a warm and intimate gathering to welcome in Shabbat.

The first Friday night of each month is Lev Tahor (pure heart) service. One Friday night each month services are led by Cantor Judy Ribnick; all other services are led by PSJC members. Throughout the year there are also Kabbalat Shabbat Kulanu services, our wiggle-friendly, shush-free service that is accessible for all ages. During the summer months, we begin at 7:00PM. 

The goal of Lev Tahor is to bring together different voices from our community to create a joyous, moving, shared experience. With precious little speaking or interruption, it is easy to become immersed in the music and poetry of the service.  Whether or not you know the words or the tunes, everyone is welcome to join. We sit in concentric circles and harmonize together with our lay-led, all sung Kabbalat Shabbat. Together, we also learn a little – between the parts of the Service, reading quotes from diverse sources, ranging from rabbinic scholars to W.C. Fields – and learn a little more, at programs during the meal, featuring a range of authors and scholars.
Shabbat Morning Services
Services are led by different members of the congregation who also chant (MusafService, and Torah , the Shaharitmorning, our service consists of three parts: Shabbat On leynTorah and Haftorah.  Rabbi Carter delivers a d'var Torah, which often includes a discussion.  After the service, please join us for Kiddush (Blessing over the Wine) and HaMotzi (Blessing over the Bread), followed by a light nosh - If you are new to the congregation, please introduce yourself to the rabbi and a member of the congregation, and if you’re already a member of the congregation, please introduce yourself to someone new! Shabbat morning services begin at 10:00 am and continue for approximately two and a half hours. We also have regular children's services.
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