More than Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews.— Ahad Ha'am (Asher Ginsberg), poet and Zionist ideologue (1856-1927)
As a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, services are conducted using the New Reform Prayerbook – Mishkan T’filah – with its rich mix of Hebrew, English and song. Participatory services are led by our clergy in concert with the Shabbat Band with contributions from our Adult and Youth Choir – Makhelah. All are welcome! Always check this week’s calendar as occasionally times change.
Erev Shabbat Services are generally held in the Montague Chapel on the corner of Marshall and Beacon Streets at 6 PM. Times and locations may change when celebrating Shabbat B’yachad Community Dinner, or during festivals and holidays when we conduct services in the Sanctuary on the corner of Kent and Beacon Streets. Please consult the calendar for up to the minute times and events. Candle photo by Olaf Herfurth.
Friday Night Lights
Conversation to set your mind aglow. Enjoy a savory oneg and lively discussion after services featuring special guests. Please check the calendar for a complete description of upcoming Friday Night Lights. Childcare is often provided and can be arranged through the Religious School office at (617) 264-2801.
Shabbat B’yachad – Community Dinner – 6:00 PM followed by Erev Shabbat Service
Monthly Shabbat B’yachad (Shabbat Together) is a community worship service and dinner bringing together our entire TOS family every month. A satisfying dinner for both children and adults follows Tot Shabbat after which we join for services featuring Ansin Religious School students and our Shabbat Band led by David Sparr. Mahkelah Youth Choir and the Adult Choir often add their voices in songful prayer.
Evening draws to a close chatting over coffee and dessert with old and new friends. A wonderful way to catch your breath, greet the Shabbat Angels and start a stress free weekend. Relax! It’s Shabbat.
Tot Shabbat – Friday evenings 5:30pm
Tot Shabbat (usually first Friday of the month) is a great way to get to know new friends while celebrating Shabbat. Our short, child friendly service is followed by a delicious community dinner RSVP here. Make sure to check the calendar or contact Shari Churwin at the Education Office at (617) 264-2801 with any questions.
Mindfulness and Meditation – 9:00 AM
Held in the Berenson Library on the third Saturday of the month before services, Donna Rubenoff brings new meaning to our Judaism, exploring how meditation can quiet the mind and encourage positive thought in support of mind body healing. Incorporating themes from Torah, Jewish texts and stories and quotes from Jewish scholars into our meditations, we deepen our understanding of Judaism through our spiritual connection together.
Tot Shabbat – Saturday mornings – 11:15 AM
In addition to Friday nights, Tot Shabbat is also held on select Saturday mornings. This lively, musical service gives children early exposure to Shabbat ritual and is followed by a community oneg. Check the calendar for service times.