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Shabbat Morning Services

Soulful. Inspiring. Traditional. Dynamic. Heimish. Joyful. Transformative. Prayer can be all of that, and more. Shabbat morning is the central time when our community gathers. Our services are in Hebrew, and use the ancient liturgy —combined with old and new niggunim (melodies)— to create spirit and connection. We encourage active participation through song and davening (prayer) — there is really nothing like the feeling of a room that is filled with energy and song, and we strive to achieve that. Each week, our services are led by our rabbi, our hazzan, and a talented cadre of lay leaders. Our services are led from the middle of the aisle, symbolizing the communal experience we are all working to create. Our leader is not above us; rather, our leader is one of us, leading from amongst the community. Midway through the service, our rabbi or a guest speaker shares a D'var Torah (sermon) on the weekly Torah portion or a current issue facing our community, our country, and/or our world. On the first Shabbat morning of the month, we offer a creative musical service that includes instruments. This service is a bit shorter than our more traditional service, and meets in the social hall, enabling us to sit in concentric circles. This service is offered opposite a traditional, lay-led service sponsored by Minyan Na’aleh. We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to our services; while our main service is primarily catered to adults, we love the voices of children and we always encourage their presence and participation. We strive to create a feeling in our services that enables all of us to step back from our lives, gain new energy and inspiration, and return to our purpose after Shabbat, feeling renewed. Please join us!


Shabbat Services Registration

We are so excited to meet you! If you are new and coming to Rodef Shalom for the first time, please bring your proof of COVID vaccination. We can accept the physical CDC vaccination card, a clear photo on your device, or one of the official public health apps. Vaccination is required for those ages 5 and up. Masks are encouraged, but not required at this time. (Subject to change per community health conditions.)

Also before visiting, please follow the link below to fill out a pre-registration form for each person in your group. (Note: Registration is generally closed from 12pm on Friday, until the beginning of the work week after Shabbat and the weekend, e.g., the following Monday or Tuesday.) We look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful community!

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Youth 

Babysitting Services

Babysitting Services are available during Shabbat Services from 10:00 - 12:00 a.m.

Feel free to drop-off any child under 5 years old in the first Pre-School Classroom while you are attending services. 

Kids Chess

Join other students in the gift shop for a fun morning of chess at 9:30 a.m. 

Tot Shabbat

Calling all families with kids who love Shabbat! Please join our good friend Tefillah Toucan as we sing through our Shabbat songs together. 

Bring your kids and plan to stay every Saturday morning from 11:15 am – Noon in the Library.

Every week, Tot Shabbat begins with a short, but spirited service tailored to young families, and includes a Bible or Jewish holiday story and fun singing. The session is followed by a Kiddush for the participants.

We are looking forward to meeting you and sharing this wonderful time together. Open to the public, so bring your friends!

R•Shabbat

Weekly programming for kids in grades K-5. First and third Shabbat beginning at 10:00 a.m. All other Shabbats begin at 11:15 a.m.

R•School

Shabbat morning is an important part of our Religious School programming. We meet on a set schedule that includes many Shabbat learning opportunities.

Wed, December 7 2022 13 Kislev 5783