Services for Everyone

Shomrei offers a variety of religious services, and we encourage you to seek out those that appeal to you. Our services involve a spirited and engaging mode of worship, traditional in liturgy, fully egalitarian, embracing songs and melodies from a range of sources and backgrounds, and highly democratic: shul members participate at every step, often leading the way. Through practice and study we strive to experience ritual as accessible, meaningful and enriching.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Kabbalat Shabbat service, 6:30 pm
Put aside the pressures of the work week and usher in Shabbat like with this song-filled service led by Rabbi Greenstein.

Taste of Shabbat, 6:00 or 6:30 pm, Hosted by a Shomrei member in their home or in the Youth Activity Center (YAC)
Taste of ShabbatTaste of Shabbat combines our Kabbalat Shabbat service with a potluck dairy and vegetarian supper. It’s a fantastic, cross-generational and family-friendly opportunity to schmooze with friends, meet new members of the synagogue, welcome the Sabbath and enjoy a bounty of good food.
Oct 2, Dec 11, Additional dates to be announced

Musical Shabbat
Musical shabbatOur Kabbalat Shabbat service is enhanced with musical accompaniment from our “Park Street Band”. Come and welcome Shabbat in the warm glow of our sanctuary as it fills with song and music!
Dates to be announced

Shabbat Spotlight, 8:00 pm
Shabbat SpotlightHeld later in the evening to afford people the time to return from work and have Shabbat dinner before services. Featuring additional special programming and followed by an Oneg Shabbat, a time for socializing and dessert.
Oct 30, Additional dates to be announced

Jammies & Jeans Shabbat Dinner, 5:00 pm
jammies & jeans 2A casual and comfy Friday night Shabbat experience! Great for children ages 5 and below, although families with older children are welcome!
Dates: Nov 13, Jan 22, Mar 11

SATURDAY MORNING
End the morning with a communal kiddush meal in which all are welcome.

Shabbat morning service, 9:30am
A traditional song-filled service that starts with P’sukei d’Zimrah (introductory blessings and psalms), followed by Shacharit (the morning service that includes the Barchu or call to prayer, Shema, and the Amidah ), the Torah service, and Musaf (an additional service that includes another Amidah and Mourner’s Kaddish).

Avodah she’balev service, 10:30am in the Social Hall
Avodah SheBalev - Service of the HeartThis monthly alternative service led by Rabbi Greenstein allows for variety and experimentation as it emphasizes the spiritual essence of Shabbat worship with a different focus each month.
Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 12, Jan 9, Apr 9, May 28, Jun 18

Hinei Mah Tov service, 10:30am in the Youth Activity Center (YAC)
kidsOur bi-monthly Family Shabbat Service facilitated by Educational director Sara Birnbaum and led by Moreh Mitch Radler with family members. This inter-generational service is open to everyone – families, singles, young and old – who wishes to join in this joyous journey..
Oct 3 (in the sukkah), Nov 7, Nov 21, Dec 5, Dec 19, Jan 2, Feb 210, Mar 5, Mar 19, Apr 2, May 7, May 21, Jun 4

Yoga for the Jewish Spirit, 10:45am in Classrooms 1 & 2
Yoga for the Jewish SpiritOur Yoga service is an ideal time to pause from our often hectic lives to rest, breathe, and re-center ourselves. By slowing down, we become open to experiencing our body, mind, and neshama (soul) as one. Each session incorporates lessons from our great teachers related to the weekly Torah portion, the latest holiday, a relevant prayer, or an important Jewish value. Yoga sessions are led by Elisa Spungen Bildner, a registered yoga instructor and certified by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. No experience necessary – all levels are welcome.
Oct 31, Jan 23, Feb 27, May 14

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

HavdallahMinchah/Mariv/Havdallah service, Starting an hour before Havdallah
Once a month, we return to the synagogue for Minhah, a Shalosh Seudot snack with study, discussion and song, and Havdallah. We bid farewell to Shabbat and welcome a new week with a spirit of peace and hope.
Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 2, Feb 6, Mar 5, May 2, Jun 6

jammies & jeansHavdallah in Pajamas, 6:30 pm
Join us for Havdallah as we say goodbye to Shabbat and goodnight to our friends (but not before enjoying a Havdallah craft & ice cream sundaes!). Appropriate for children ages 7 and under.
Date: Feb 6

WEEKDAY

Healing ServiceHealing service, 4th Monday, 7:30 pm
This service combines traditional and non-traditional elements of prayer, mindfulness, song, story, discussion and silence for those in our community who are coping with physical, emotional and spiritual health issues and for those who are in caring relationships with people who are in that situation.
Oct 26, Nov 23, Dec 28, Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 28, Apr 25, May 23, June 27

Minyan at Home, 1st Wednesday, 7:30pm
A short, intimate service held once a month in the informal atmosphere of a member’s home.
Nov 4, Dec 2, Additional dates to be announced

Sunday minyan, 9:00 am
A traditional weekday morning service, with singing. Followed by breakfast, study and discussion.

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Sarita Eisenberg

Sarita Eisenberg

Sarita is co-editor of ShomreiWeek (weekly newsletter) and the Kol Emunah Blog. She holds a Ph.D. in Language Science and is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Montclair State University. She lives in Montclair with her husband Lou Hammerman.
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