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Shabbat Experience

Shabbat is most definitely the most important time for celebration at Shaare Torah.  Our goal is to create programs and worship experiences that integrate authenticity and tradition with accessibility and inclusiveness.


Rather than the same Friday evening prayer experience each week, we have several different modes for welcoming Shabbat.  

  • We sponsor Friday evening services in people's homes, often accompanied by pot-luck dinners.

  • Our religious school sponsors services and dinners several times during the year, which includes day school and Matan special needs students and their families as well.

  • Families who are celebrating a bar/bat mitzvah over the weekend are welcome to host a Friday service open to the community, and may include a dinner afterwards for family and friends.  

  • Various groups in the synagogue, including "empty-nesters," the Early Childhood Center, our Hazak seniors group, and others, sponsor programs and events on Friday evenings.

  • Check the web calendar to find out what's happening this week!


The centerpiece of our Shabbat morning experience is our "main" service, which begins at 9:30 AM and generally concludes before Noon.  The Torah reading service, during which life cycle events generally are celebrated, begins at 10:15; a Torah discussion usually occurs at 11:10, and Musaf and concluding prayers at 11:30.

On many weeks we have additional programs, such as children's services, a special breakfast before the Torah reading, study or meditation opportunities, or other special programs.  During the summer we hold a special "Summer Kiddush Series," with themed snacks or lunch following each service; during the rest of the year there is also always a snack or lunch as well.

Children are always warmly welcomed at Shaare Torah.  At 10:15, younger children (through age 7) are encouraged to come up when the ark is opened, receive a small Torah, and march in our Torah procession.  A story usually follows.  There are quiet Shabbat-appropriate toys and books available in the sanctuary, and also a play space on the street level.  Older kids are encouraged to be in the service as much as possible, attend programs appropriate to their age, or take a break in our youth lounge on the third floor.


Families have the option of choosing to celebrate a bar/bat mitzvah on Shabbat afternoon.  Besides the Minha afternoon service, there is the option of including an evening service and Havdalah, which concludes Shabbat, if the timing is appropriate.


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