Worship

WORSHIP

Schedule of Services

EveningHanukkah

One of the Hebrew names for Synagogue is Beit T’filah – House of Prayer.

While we can pray anywhere, anytime, Judaism assigns a special significance to worshipping in community. When Jews join together to pray, the individual becomes linked with the Divine and members of the community are linked to one another. Our synagogue is a wonderful place to seek out and engage God in the company of other seekers.

SHABBAT
At Temple Sholom, Shabbat services are at the core of our worship experience. We gather every week throughout the year, weather permitting! Shabbat services may include a formal sermon or interactive teaching, Torah reading or special musical program.

Our Friday evening services begin at 8:00 pm three times a month, and are followed by a communal Oneg Shabbat – a time to schmooze and enjoy the sweetness of Shabbat desserts.

On the first Friday of each month, we celebrate Shabbat around the dinner table, starting at 7:00 pm. This weaves together a communal Shabbat dinner with song and prayer, story and discussion. Dinner always has a vegetarian option and concludes with dessert, just as at our regular Oneg Shabbat. For those who have a Yahrzeit, Kaddish is recited upstairs in the main sanctuary at 6:45 pm.

Once a month Cantor Wolff offers a 30 minute music session before the service, called Sounds of Shabbat. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the music of our services, to listen to recordings or to learn a new melody.

One of our members offers a pre-Shabbat guided meditation on a regular basis; check the calendar for all of these events.

On the fourth Saturday of the month we gather for “Wandering Jews” and “Torah & a Bagel,” our monthly Torah study session. At 10:00 am, those who are up for a 30-minute walk join Cantor Wolff outside the Jewish Center of Oak Hills. Our walk usually includes some simple breathing meditations and relaxed conversation.

At 10:30 we meet for a brief, informal Shabbat morning service, sitting around the table. Around 11, we make Kiddush and break for coffee and bagels. This has become a time for Jewish Q&A – all questions welcome! Once we have fortified our stomachs, we study the Torah portion of that week, reading from the biblical text as well as outside sources provided by Cantor Wolff. Most times these sources include at least one Peanuts cartoon! Torah study is open to anyone, we read all texts in English, and no question is off limits.

Yahrzeit and Yizkor

Yahrzeit is the anniversary of a death in the Jewish calendar; the word comes from the Yiddish, and means literally “year’s time.” A Yahrzeit is usually observed on the anniversary of the Hebrew date of death; in our community however we will accommodate observance of the anniversary on the Gregorian calendar date as well.

Yizkor means “May He Remember” and is the name of a special memorial service.
Four times a year, on Yom Kippur, Sukkot/Shemini Atzeret, Passover, and Shavuot, Yizkor takes place within that holiday’s service, when we spend time reflecting and remembering our loved ones. Yizkor is observed starting on the first holiday after the death.

On the yahrzeit and for yizkor, a special candle is lit (because Jewish days begin at sundown the previous evening, the candle should be lit at sunset either on the evening before the anniversary of the death, or before the holiday begins). At synagogue, it is appropriate to say Kaddish for a parent, sibling, spouse, or child during services on the day of the yahrzeit (or the nearest Shabbat) or during the Yizkor service.

Temple Sholom usually sends out a reminder letter in the weeks before a yahrzeit, inviting the family to attend Shabbat services when their loved one’s name will be read before kaddish. We also offer the opportunity to list the name(s) of anyone you are remembering in our Book of Remembrance, which is produced each year in time for Yizkor on Yom Kippur.

Both a Yahrzeit and Yizkor are opportunities to make a contribution in memory of the deceased, an appropriate way to honor their memory