Friday night (Kabbalat) services occur at 7 p.m. in winter and at 7:30 p.m. in the spring, summer and fall. Consult the home page of the website for specific information. During non-COVID times this was followed by an oneg reception. For those who prefer to Zoom, please contact our office manager for the link. You may be helped by picking up a prayer book (for a deposit) or purchasing one for at-home participation.
Saturday morning Torah services begin at 10 am. and usually finish between 11:30 and 12 noon. This is frequently followed by an kiddush luncheon with plenty of opportunities to catch up on the news, family activities and local activities. To obtain a Zoom link or to attend in person, please contact our office manager. You may also want to purchase or borrow (with a deposit) the larger book that contains the Torah readings, the Etz Hayim.
Aliyahs are honors given out at the beginning of the Torah service. The passages to be spoken are written in transliteration in the prayer book. Feel free to accept an Aliyah, even if you are new to the congregation. We want everyone to feel welcome.
Holidays often include family fun, such as Sukkot (building a sukkah), Passover (making chocolate covered matzoh, masks for the plagues), Purim (an animated congregation service for reading the megillah with noisemakers and costumes), and Hanukkah (a latke brunch). There are a number of other holidays that engage the children, too such as Simchas Torah.
The High Holidays include the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Days of Awe. During this time, we celebrate the New Year on Rosh Hashanah and work to atone for our sins on Yom Kippur. In the intervening days, members make amends with the people they have wronged in the past year; on Yom Kippur, we make amends in the company of each other with God. The night before Yom Kippur, Kol Nidrei, is the holiest night of the year.
- Rosh Hashanah, Erev Rosh Hashanah, the second day of Rosh Hashanah, comprises the holiday of the New Year. For traditional foods for this occasion, check our Recipes section. When not on a Shabbat, the shofar is blown, an important occasion. Related events include Tashlich, throwing bread on the water. We make this a group event on the shores of Lake Michigan, attended inevitably by a throng of hungry seagulls.
- Kol Nidrei. No one is admitted to Kol Nidrei once it begins.
- Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins the following morning and concludes at sundown. Blowing of the shofar, the ram’s horn, is an important part of Yom Kippur. Members–who are able–fast during this time, from sundown the night before to sundown of Yom Kippur. The children lead a Havdalah service as sundown arrives. A “break the fast” oneg follows the conclusion of Yom Kippur.
- In addition to the magnificent services, there are learning sessions during the week.
Other holidays, too numerous to mention here, occur throughout the year and are recognized on the home page of the website as they approach.
Candle lighting times are listed weekly throughout the year for Shabbat evenings.
Yahrzeits are mentioned at every service, as they occur, throughout the year.