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Praying together is how we build our community from the inside out.

Prayer at Shir Tikvah is joyful, informal, and uplifting; a blend of old and new, tradition and experiment, comfort infused with a dose of challenge. Whether we gather in the sanctuary, around a summer campfire, or in someone's living room, the space we create together is sacred and open to possibility. In it we are reminded of the many blessings that surround us—those created by luck or through our labor, and those created by the people we love and who love us. Our services are welcoming and accessible, whether you're a Hebrew school dropout, have a Ph.D in Jewish literacy, or are a newbie to the tribe. Being there is all that counts, no matter how you came through the door.

Friday Shabbat Services

Friday night services are the center of Shir Tikvah's spiritual and communal life, a weekly time-out in our lives to refresh and reboot, to slow down and recalibrate. Looking out onto Wedge Pond at sunset sets the mood. Looking inward resets the spirit. Our shoulders can un-hunch, and we can allow ourselves to contemplate "who we are and what we are”— words from a prayer we often sing. In "normal times" services are followed by an oneg—a friendly gathering to connect and have a bite to eat—especially if you're a new member or a visitor. It's a very nice way to end the evening. During the Covid-19 Pandemic we meet on Zoom and stream services on Facebook, YouTube, and the front page of our website. Services begin at either 6 or 7:30 pm; check the Temple calendar for the most up-to-date schedule.

Family Shabbat and Potluck

In non-pandemic times, these monthly family-oriented services begin at an earlier time and are perfect for sleepyheads of all ages. There's a potluck at 6:00 pm, services begin at 6:30, and everyone is on their way home by 7. It's exuberant celebration of Shabbat and a wonderful way to end the week. Regular services then begin at 7:30 pm. See the Temple calendar for dates.

Saturday B'nei Mitzvah Shabbat Services

Shabbat services are held when there is a b'nei (bar/bat) mitzvah ceremony on Saturdays, either at 10 am or at 4 pm. These are community services and typically open to all members and guests. Check the Temple calendar for dates.

Havdalah Together

Havdalah services for the entire community are held late Saturday afternoons, for about an hour, several times a year. Filled with song, sweetness, and light, we say goodbye to Shabbat and hello to the new week. Check the Temple calendar for dates.

Shabbat for the Very Young

Our monthly Tot Shabbats are lively mini-Shabbats geared for families with children under six, with a focus on an upcoming Jewish holiday. Typically the first Saturday of each month.

More enrichment

You can enrich your experience by checking out Ten Minutes of Torah, a great resource for exploring Jewish life and thought.

Wed, June 23 2021 13 Tammuz 5781