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Shabbat Services

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.

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 10:00 AM and generally end at 12:30PM.  

Children's Services
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 7:00PM. T
he 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

Lev Tahor  On the first Friday night of every month, PSJC welcomes Shabbat with our lay-led, all sung service Lev Tahor (the Pure Heart). We sit in concentric circles and harmonize together through Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv. 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 -- humming and “la, la, la” always work as a way to add your voice! Services are followed by a dairy/pareve potluck dinner. Together, we also learn a little – between the Kabbalat Shabbat and the Maariv 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 Shabbat meal, featuring a range of authors, scholars and guest speakers. 
Shabbat Morning Services
On Shabbat morning, our service consists of three parts: Shaharit, the Torah Service, and Musaf. 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.
Tue, October 23 2018 14 Cheshvan 5779