Pray

A ladder stood on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven (Genesis 28:12)

This is prayer. (Zohar)

We invite you to enter into prayer with us — the ladder to our highest, deepest aspirations; the living, breathing heart of Jewish worship.  Enlivened by great singing, pulsing with music from around the Jewish world, given new meaning with kavannot (short comments/intentions) and meditation, seamlessly switching between Hebrew and English.  That’s what davening/praying is meant to be.  Give it a try!

Friday Nights

Please check our online calendar for the Friday night  schedule as we resume a mixture of online and in-person gatherings.  

Our Friday night services feature global Jewish music, plenty of ruach/spirit, soulful davening, and occasional dancing in the aisles! Led by Hazzan Ramón Tasat, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed by an Oneg Shabbat (light refreshments).  We have also held potluck dinners — “Shabbat in Our Homes” once a month.  If you are interested in helping to organize Friday night Shabbat celebrations, please contact info@shirathanefesh.org.  

Shabbat Morning

Our Shabbat services are intimate and filled with uplifting music and spiritual inspiration.

We meet each Shabbat for davening, meditation, Torah reading, and discussion.   We start at 9:30, finish at noon, and enjoy a light kiddush until 12:30 p.m.  Members of the congregation are encouraged to read Torah, chant a Haftorah, or give a reflection on the Torah reading.  B’nei Mitzvah students are invited to lead a prayer or two in the service. Occasional “After Kiddush” sessions feature members of Shirat HaNefesh who include rabbis and educators, on topics of their choosing.

Shabbat morning services in 2021-22 will  be a mixture of Zoom and in-person services.  Two services a month will be led by Hazzan Tasat, one service will be lay-led by Shirat HaNefesh’s experienced volunteers, and one service will be led by guest clergy.  Please check our calendar and home page for the schedule. 

 

Holidays

Shirat HaNefesh offers evening services and activities for most of the Jewish holidays.
We have rousing Simchat Torah celebrations, wonderful Chanukah parties, inspiring Tu B’Shvat Seders, raucous Purim spiels, and in certain years, beautiful Passover Seders.  For Shavuot, we begin with our own learning session, then join the community Tikkun at Tifereth Israel/Ohev Shalom. For the last several years we have observed Tisha B’Av with a joint evening service with Fabrangen.  Please check our calendar or contact us for details.

High Holidays

Shirat HaNefesh is blessed with many varied, talented, and motivated members who contribute to make the Days of Awe meaningful.