A Shabbat for the Soul – Preparing for the Days of Awe

Friday, September 15

Re-turning: Learn the Meaning and Music of Essential Prayers

Food for Thought with Cantor Jennifer Strauss-Klein and Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker
Learn and Nosh before Shabbat Services

5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Gathering and a Light Nosh
6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Food for Thought Discussions
Discussion over wine, juice, and light appetizers.
Child care available.

The prayer book for the High Holy Days is called a “machzor”, a Hebrew word meaning “cycle” and “return.” We return to reflect on our lives. In this “Food for Thought” session, we will read, ­discuss, and sing a few of the High Holy Day prayers, and discuss the “new” machzor Mishkan Hanefesh to enter the ­season with more ­understanding and readiness.


Shabbat for the Soul

7:30 p.m.

Shabbat is always for the soul, but there is a particularly soulful atmosphere at our “Shabbat for the Soul” services. These services offer a more contemplative worship style, with the congregation sitting in the round, instrumental accompaniment including guitar, violin, keyboard and percussion, and a slower pace enabling us to focus on the meditative effect of the music, the deeper significance of our prayers… and each other.

Reflections from congregants:

“Worshiping in the round made me feel like the prayers were coming from us, rather than being performed for us.”

“I usually don’t feel comfortable singing enthusiastically at services but something about looking across the circle to the congregation compelled me to join in with my full voice; I felt swept up.”

“Worshipping without the prayer book made me realize I already knew most of the liturgy by heart and allowed me to draw my focus inward to the meaning of my prayers.”

“I felt more connected to my fellow congregants throughout the service; the physical arrangement and the creative liturgy made it seem more like we were worshipping as a community, not just as individuals.”


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