A Palace in Time - our vision for Shabbat

"A palace in time" is what Abraham Joshua Heschel has called the Sabbath. What does he mean by this?  He claims, "All week, we may ponder and worry whether we are rich or poor, whether we succeed or fail in our occupations; whether we accomplish or fall short of reaching our goals. But who could feel distressed when gazing at . . . eternity, except to feel startled at the vanity of being so distressed." Heschel reminds us that Shabbat is here to lift us up from the worries and pain of our life, to infuse our lives with peace and hope and joy.

A reflection on Shabbat and ritual from Daniel Gordis: Ritual as a source of connectedness

Friday evening Shabbat services

At Rodef Sholom, our intention is to create a worship experience that offers meaning to a wide range of ages and experience.  We pray together at different times throughout each month to reflect the diversity of our congregation, with different emphases and teachers. On most Fridays we start with wine and a nosh at 5:45 pm, followed by Shabbat services at 6:15 pm (the exception is on the third Friday of every month, when we offer a 7:30 pm service).

First Fridays (except during the summer months)

Third Fridays throughout the year:  7:30 pm Service*
On the third Friday of each month, we have a later service at 7:30 pm, followed by a sweet oneg. Periodically these services will be preceded by an adults-only dinner – check our calendar for details.

Saturday morning Shabbat Services – saturdays at 10:30 am

Shabbat morning services are always preceded by some form of Torah study, either Torah with Soul at 9:15 am or Torah on the Trails at 8:30 am.  To be added to the contact list for either Torah with Soul or Torah on the Trails, contact Molly at [email protected]

All are welcome to our Saturday Shabbat Services. They are followed by a community kiddush that the congregation is always welcome to attend. Most Shabbat services include b'nai mitzvah, which we view as a community event.