“More than the Jewish people have kept Shabbat,
Shabbat has kept the Jewish people”
-Ahad Ha’am

Friday Evenings

Family Service at 6:30 p.m.
The first Friday of the month, a child-friendly service every month and Shir Tzion (September-June)

Other Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
On the second Friday of the month, the service includes a vocal Quartet, the organ and a generally more contemplative mood. Other Friday nights might include the Kol Tzion, our adult choir, Shir Chants, our teen ensemble, our Guitar Corps or other instrumentalists.

Friday Summer Services (After Memorial Day to after Labor Day) will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held on our terrace, overlooking our beautiful garden, when weather permits. We hope this time will enable you to enjoy a spirited service followed by a relaxing Shabbat dinner at home with family and/or friends. From 5:30 to 6:00 we gather for Kabbalat Panim, gathering time including light hors d’oevres. Following the service, from 7:00 to 7:30 we have a brief oneg Shabbat before people go home for Shabbat dinner.

Saturday Morning

Torah Study at 9:00 a.m.
Before Shabbat morning services each week, our rabbis lead a Torah study on the portion of the week for anyone who wants to drop in and for those who come to study and participate regularly.

Shabbat Services at 10:00 a.m.
We use a siddur/prayer book assembled and edited by Mount Zion clergy and printed in 2000. Most weeks we celebrate a 13-year-old becoming bar or bat mitzvah. On the weeks that we do not, we have an intimate service held in the round and often partially led by trained members of the congregation.

Tot Shabbat at 10:30 a.m. (second Saturday of every month)
An engaging, musical morning experience including prayers, story, and craft for families with children ages 0-6+. Followed by a healthy, vegetarian potluck lunch. Learn more about Tot Shabbat.

What can I expect during services?

To see a brief description of the rubrics of a Shabbat evening prayer service, you can read our Service Guide, which explains the what and why of Jewish prayer.

How should I dress?

We honor the separateness and sanctity of Shabbat by wearing appropriate attire. Worship attendees dress in various ways; however, you may feel more comfortable in business casual attire.

What Prayer Book does MZ use?

We use the Reform Movement’s new siddur/prayer book, Mishkan T’filah, for all Shabbat evening and festival services. This innovative prayer book features a two page spread for each prayer, offering the traditional prayer in Hebrew and English translation as well as interpretive and poetic versions. It is available in two versions – one with transliterations from the Hebrew and one without.

How can I participate?

Our services are enhanced when our members participate in meaningful ways. For example, you can:

  • familiarize yourself with the prayers and melodies
  • join one of our choirs
  • supplement our worship with instrumental music
  • chant Torah or Haftarah

Contact Cantor Strauss-Klein with questions on how to get involved.

How can I chant Torah?

Here at Mount Zion we have a core group of individuals, our “Trope Troupe,” who regularly chant from our sacred texts for Shabbat and Festival worship. Trope Troupe provides our congregants with opportunities to “Take hold of Torah” and to partake in our ancient and moving tradition.

Please contact Cantor Strauss-Klein if you are interested in chanting or would like more information about Trope Troupe.

What are the Shabbat blessings?

What about kids at Shabbat services?

Children are welcome at services!

Children of all ages are always welcome at Mount Zion’s services. We believe that having children in the sanctuary allows them to experience group prayer, learn the tunes and texts of our prayers, and feel the joy of being part of a community. We have a library of children’s books and activity bags filled with fun fidgets that we encourage families to use in the sanctuary if desired. Children are welcome to be kids and make noises, but there are times when watching the service on our closed-circuit TV in the chapel will feel more comfortable. On Friday nights, we also have drop-in childcare available in room 102 staffed with a wonderful caregiver if you or your kids need a break.

Saturday Morning

We hold Tot Shabbat at 10:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. We begin with a lively Shabbat morning service led by one of our clergy and a songleader using the children’s siddur (prayer book), Gates of Wonder. Lap children, toddlers and preschoolers are all welcome! Older siblings may also participate.  Our program and service is inclusive of all family compositions.

After the service, everyone is invited to stay for kiddush, motzi, a healthy, nut-free vegetarian potluck lunch (but please come even if you are not able to bring a dish to share!) and an activity. This informal time gives families an opportunity to schmooze.

Is there childcare?

Mount Zion offers complimentary childcare in a safe, child-friendly environment on Friday evenings during Shabbat services, as well as Sunday mornings when there is Religious School (9:30 am-12:15 pm). Reservations are not necessary. However, we suggest that parents or guardians of infants or children with special needs notify Mount Zion in advance. Feel free to drop by room 102 and check out our wonderful facility and staff!