Category Archives: Shabbat

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Ha’Azinu — and to Yom Kippur!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Here is a Prayer Before Yom Kippur by Rabbi Burt Jacobson. I read it each year before the holiday begins and I always find meaning in it.  hope you will too.

Please join us on Tuesday at 6pm for classical music and 6:30pm for Kol Nidre services, and on Wednesday morning starting at 9:30am for Yom Kippur morning. For a full schedule of Yom Kippur experiences, as well as an explanation of some of the holiday’s customs, read more at Preparing for Yom Kippur.

Please join us on Saturday at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Jarah Greenfield. This week we’re reading from parashat Ha’azinu.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

G’mar chatimah tovah: may we all be sealed for goodness, and may our Yom Kippur be meaningful and deep —

Rabbi Rachel

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Shabbat service “warm-up” (a guest post from Steven Green)

Good morning! The Spiritual Life Committee will hold a brief session in the sanctuary on Saturday morning at 9am just prior to the start of our usual Shabbat service at 9:30am. We will go over some new music that we will use during the service and discuss, in the limited time we have, questions about the service in general.
Join us for the “warm-up” to our Shabbat service this Saturday morning.
Steven Green

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Nitzavim… and to Rosh Hashanah!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Please join us on Saturday at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Board member Steven Green. This week we’re reading from parashat Nitzavim.

Please join us also on Sunday at 7:30pm for Erev Rosh Hashanah services. (Our full high holiday schedule is online here.)

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

We’re soon to finish the month of Elul, the month that leads us to the Days of Awe. It’s traditional to pray the words of Psalm 27 during this month. (There are links to several different versions in this post.) At Shabbat services this month and during the Days of Awe we’ll be singing a new setting of verse 13 of that psalm, which you can listen to here:

(If you can’t see the embedded audio player, you can go directly to the mp3 file here, and you can find sheet music and read more about the setting and the psalm here.)

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Ki Tavo

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Please join us on Friday at 5:30pm for Sing Your Way Into Shabbat with Rabbi Pam, and Saturday at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Rachel. This week we’re reading from parashat Ki Tavo.

Please join us also on Sunday at 2pm for our annual cemetery service in the CBI cemetery in Clarksburg.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

We’ve entered into the month of Elul, the month that leads us to the Days of Awe. It’s traditional to pray the words of Psalm 27 during this month. (There are links to several different versions in this post.) At Shabbat services this month and during the Days of Awe we’ll be singing a new setting of verse 13 of that psalm, which you can listen to here:

(If you can’t see the embedded audio player, you can go directly to the mp3 file here, and you can find sheet music and read more about the setting and the psalm here.)

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Ki Tetzei – and to Selichot!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Please join us on Saturday at 9:30am for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Pam Wax. This week we’re reading from parashat Ki Tetzei.

And please join us on Saturday at 8pm for Selichot, the service that launches us into the high holiday season. We’ll experience our first tastes of high holiday music for this year (both the nusach, the melody-system, that’s only used during the Days of Awe — and some of our most familiar and beloved high holiday “tunes”). We’ll also have an opportunity to engage in a contemplative writing practice that will attune us to the things we need to work on this year. Afterwards stick around for a potluck dessert reception hosted by the Spiritual Life committee (and please bring a dessert to share if you can.)

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

We’ve entered into the month of Elul, the month that leads us to the Days of Awe. It’s traditional to pray the words of Psalm 27 during this month. (There are links to several different versions in this post.) At Shabbat services this month and during the Days of Awe we’ll be singing a new setting of verse 13 of that psalm, which you can listen to here:

(If you can’t see the embedded audio player, you can go directly to the mp3 file here, and you can find sheet music and read more about the setting and the psalm here.)

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel

Looking forward to Shabbat Shoftim

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Please join us on Saturday at 9:30am for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Rachel. This week we’re reading from parashat Shoftim.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

We’ve entered into the month of Elul, the month that leads us to the Days of Awe. For more on how to make this month meaningful, here’s a post from a few years ago called Seven ways to enrich your Elul.

It’s traditional to pray the words of Psalm 27 during this month. (There are links to several different versions in that post.) At Shabbat services this month and during the Days of Awe we’ll be singing a new setting of verse 13 of that psalm, which you can listen to here:

(If you can’t see the embedded audio player, you can go directly to the mp3 file here, and you can find sheet music and read more about the setting and the psalm here.)

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Re’eh… and the month of Elul!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

The coming Shabbat is Rosh Chodesh, New Moon — and it will usher in the new lunar month of Elul, the month leading us to the Days of Awe.

Stay tuned for more on that later this week, including a new musical setting of a verse from Psalm 27, the psalm for Elul, that will carry us through the high holiday season.

Meanwhile, please join us on Saturday at 9:30am for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Jarah Greenfield. This week we’re reading from parashat Re’eh.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

Here’s a commentary from Rabbi David Markus:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel