Shabbat for the Soul

Friday, October 27, 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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