Saturday Morning Services
On Shabbat | Divrei Tefillah | Na'aseh V'Nishma | Minyan Katan | Family Minyan
Community Singing | Reading Torah| Role of the Cantor | Shabbat Speakers
From USCJ: Shabbat…A Gift to Yourself
Rabbi Ralph Simon Sanctuary Service
A traditional, egalitarian service with a full, member-led Torah Service. Our prayers will be led by both congregants and Cantor Rachel Rosenberg as we immerse ourselves in being a Congregation of Learners.
About the windows in the sanctuary:
God, the Torah, and Israel are One.
Share our year-long series of explorations, about twice a month during Shabbat services, into how we daven and why. Many of us don’t understand as much as we’d like to about Jewish traditions and techniques of prayer, but we always tend to think everyone else does. Last spring’s survey proved that wrong! We may all start at different levels, but we all hope to heighten our understanding and involvement. Divrei Tefillah offers some help; → schedule.
Na'aseh V'Nishma Minyan
"We Do, We Learn." This monthly service is offered in the spirit of "Na'aseh V'Nishma," as is written above the Ark in the Simon Sanctuary – we will do, and then we will learn as we seek to understand. We will explore new ways of expressing ourselves through tefillah and study as we pray, sing, and learn as a community. All are welcome to join us for a new worship experience with inclusion of these elements:
- Warm up with a joyful P'sukei D'zimra – raising our voices in song and praise with musical instruments
- Torah reading of varied lengths to encourage multi-generational participation for all levels
- Torah study facilitated by members of the community
- All join together with the community for kiddush and camaraderie
In the Glick Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on February 16, March 16, April 13, May 4 (at the Community Retreat), and June 8.
Minyan Katan (Little Minyan)
Join us twice a month for this 10:00 a.m. service geared towards children ages 0-5 and their families (dates). (We love grandparents, too.) We join together in prayer, song, and dance, often accompanied by a guitar. We then enjoy challah and grape juice while we shmooze and play.
The Family Minyan meets once a month from 11 a.m. to noon (dates). Everyone is welcome, and the service is geared towards kindergarten through 6th grade students and their families. Under the guidance of congregant Rhea Basa, children lead major parts of the service, including the Torah reading and discussion. We eagerly welcome parents, grandparents, and friends to come and pray with us.
Singing Zemirot, special songs for Shabbat, at the end of a Shabbat meal is yet another way to voice pleasure in the day and for the pleasure of the table. On the first Shabbat of each month, Cantor Rosenberg will help us learn new zemirot after lunch so we may express our joy as a Congregation of Singers. Our timing allows all of the congregation to participate, from Minyan Katan to the Family Minyan to the Sanctuary Minyan. Join us for lunch and Zemirot on the first Shabbat of each month through May.
Reading Torah and Haftarah
Rodfei Zedek has a fine tradition of Torah-reading by members of the congregation. We read on the anniversary of b’nai mitzvah, for a yahrzeit, at a family simcha, or whenever! It’s a service to the congregation, and it deepens our own insight into Torah. To sign up to read, contact the coordinator of Torah readers through the CRZ office. If you’d like to learn trope for Haftarah or Torah, contact the CRZ office.
Are you observing a yahrzeit? Celebrating a special event? Bringing a guest you wish to honor? Please let the office know during the week or greet the gabbai early in the Shabbat morning service, and the gabbai will try to accommodate you.
Whichever service you attend, everyone comes together for cake, wine, and fruit at Kiddush. When there are guest speakers, we enjoy a meal together and hear the speakers after lunch.
The Mitzvah of Hospitality
Hosting a Kiddush on Shabbat morning is a lovely way to celebrate both Shabbat and a special event in your life, be it a birthday, a wedding anniversary, the anniversary of your Bar or Bat Mitzvah—or whatever it is that strikes your fancy. Kiddush can be simple or elaborate, depending on your taste. Please call the office to select a Shabbat or Yom Tov for hosting a Kiddush.