Introduction to Shabbat Services
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.
Friday night services include Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv, and Shabbat morning services include P’seukei Dizimrah, Shacharit, Torah 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 am and generally end at 12:30 pm.
We have three different Shabbat services for preschoolers through 6th grade every week, in addition to monthly all-ages family services. For more information about these services, please visit the Children's Services section of our website.
Friday Night Services
Friday night at PSJC offers a warm and intimate gathering to welcome in Shabbat. Beginning with joyous singing (and occasional dancing) in Kabbalat Shabbat, the service continues with a brief Torah discussion followed by Ma’ariv (the evening service). We conclude the evening together with a friendly Oneg Shabbat, complete with kiddush, cookies, and opportunities to schmooze. Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 6:30pm and continue for approximately one hour. During the summer months, we begin at 7:30pm. The first Friday night of each month is Lev Tahor services and on the third Friday night services are led by Cantor Judy Ribnick. We remain together for communal pot-luck Shabbat dinners at least once a month