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Saturday Morning Services

Saturday Services for Everyone


All are welcome at our Saturday services! 

If you are a member of Havurah and would like to request that the name of a relative or Havurah member be said during the Misheberach (healing prayer) at Shabbat services, please use this form. You will need to log in as a member to access the form.

Shabbat Morning

Led by community members and Rabbi Benjamin, this service includes davening, Torah reading, and discussion. 10 am-12 pm. (See our online calendar for dates.)

Contemplative Shabbat

We will chant verses and spend time in silent prayer or meditation, then connect through Torah discussion and share blessings by chanting a few aliyot. Led by Rabbi Benjamin. 10 am-12 pm. (See our online calendar for dates.)

HIAS Refugee Shabbat

We will join congregations nationwide in dedicating our Shabbat services to honoring refugees and asylum seekers. 7 pm. (See our online calendar for dates.)

Saturday Services Especially for Families

Tot Shabbat

Young children (0-5) and parents celebrate with singing, movement, blessings, and storytelling. 10:30-11:30 am. (See our online calendar for dates.)

Discovering Shabbat Morning: Learners’ Minyan

This upbeat, interactive service focuses on the structure, key themes and prayers of the morning service. Especially for families with youth in grades 5-7. 10-11:30 am. (See our online calendar for dates.)

Family Shabbat

Fabulous morning of singing, storytelling, and Torah learning. Especially for families with youth in grades K-6. 10:30 am-12 pm. (See our online calendar for dates.)

Please check our online calendar for confirmations and updates to the information above.

Friday Evening Services

Once a month, we have a spirited, all-ages Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Benjamin and Havurah musicians. All are welcome to the Kabbalat Shabbat service, which normally takes place on the second Friday of each month from October to May.

Check our online calendar for more information and to see the dates of Kabbalat Shabbat services and additional Friday services scheduled throughout the year.

Wednesday Morning Services

Our Wednesday morning minyan is for people who want to incorporate a regular prayer practice into their week and those saying Kaddish. It is usually 8:30 to 9:00 am, but the start time is earlier for Rosh Chodesh and some holiday observances. Check our online calendar for updates.

Spiritual Life Committee

Co-chairs Diane Chaplin and Sam Sirkin work with members of the Spiritual Life Committee to schedule, plan, and support religious services.

The services are lay-led and rely on a core group of volunteers along with Rabbi Benjamin. The Spiritual Life Committee would like to expand and diversify the group of people who make Shabbat community services happen. If you are interested in learning more about how to plug in, please contact the Havurah office. 


Friday Night

This is the blessing for lighting the candles of Shabbat, sung by Havurah member and musician Ilene Safyan. You can also hear Ilene sing the kiddush for Friday night Shabbat. View all of our Shabbat songs here.

Saturday Morning

Being called up for an aliyah is an honor. These are the words to the blessings before and after a Torah reading. You can listen to recordings of the blessings below:

Saturday Morning Service Melodies by Michelle Goldschmidt

Blessing Before the Torah Reading

Blessing After the Torah Reading

Goleil Instructions - The Goleil or Gelilah dresses the Torah when a reading is done.

Magbiah Instructions - The Magbiah lifts the Torah scroll after the reading

Deborah Eisenbach-Budner’s Illustrated Guide to a Shabbat Morning Service (PDF)

Order of Service Chart (PDF) – This chart walks you through each part of the Shabbat morning service, including page numbers in our siddur.

Tue, May 21 2024 13 Iyyar 5784