Meaningful Observance - Services
Our approach toward religious observance at Congregation Kneseth Israel is to offer services that are meaningful to our members and guests. Our goal is to make those attending feel comfortable and to help people develop the skill and confidence to take an active, participatory role in the service.
Every Saturday morning, Shabbat Services are conducted by the Rabbi and the members of the congregation, who regularly lead much of the service. Although our style on Saturday mornings currently leans to the more “traditional,” with Hebrew chanting predominating, a sizeable portion of the service is conducted in English and every effort is made to make the service meaningful and relevant even for those whose Hebrew skills might still be on the upswing. Rabbi’s remarks relate the weekly Torah portion to current events. A traditional Kiddush, providing a further opportunity to build community, follows the conclusion of the service.
Services begin at 9:30 a.m. and are usually concluded between 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Friday evening services, which blend traditional Hebrew melodies with English readings, are held weekly from September through May. An Oneg Shabbat follows the conclusion of the service. A family service – especially geared towards families with young children – is held once a month and features participation of the Torah School students.
Please check the Calendar for upcoming worship dates and times.
Every service has a rhythm and a mood and a choreography. Click on "Shabbat Choreography" above to learn about some of the dance steps or the Jewish aerobics for worship on Shabbat morning.