“More than the Jewish people have kept Shabbat,
Shabbat has kept the Jewish people”
Shabbat is the heart and soul of the Jewish week, and Shabbat services are the focal point of weekly communal gathering at Mount Zion.
At a Glance
Friday Night Services
The first Shabbat evening service of the month begins at 6:30 p.m. and usually features a story appropriate for children and adults alike in place of a sermon. During the school year, Shir Tzion, our children’s choir participates.
The rest of the month, services are 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 Torah Tones, our adult choir, Shir Chants, our teen ensemble, our Guitar Corps or other instrumentalists.
Friday Summer Services (June – August) 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.
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.
All Shabbat Services are shown on closed-circuit TV in the Sisterhood Lounge (in the back of the Chapel). If you need to take your child(ren)out of services, please feel free to enjoy this comfortable viewing space. All children need to be accompanied by an adult. Childcare is also available for children during Shabbat evening service in room 103. At the end of the service, all children are brought back into the sanctuary for Motzi and to lead the congregation to our oneg Shabbat, dessert reception, a time for people to meet one another and to socialize.
Saturday Morning Services
Our Shabbat morning service begins 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.
On the second Saturday of each month–in addition to the 10 am. service–we hold a Tot Shabbat and service and program beginning at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 0-7 and their parents (older siblings and other family are also welcome).
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.
As you find your own Shabbat rhythm, we pray that you will draw closer to God, your family and community, and your own soul.