Shabbat

Prayer, Music, & Spirituality

Discarding the distractions of day-to-day existence and looking honestly into our souls is not easy. Our lives are busy, which means we need Shabbat to slow down, connect with people, eat slowly, sing deeply, and laugh loudly. At BJ, we celebrate Shabbat in community with prayer, music, dancing, and Torah study. Join us for services, enjoy our community dinners, and explore our support systems to grow your Shabbat celebrations at home.

Shabbat services are designed to be much more than a retreat from the world, which would only serve to shield us from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s pointed calls for spiritual accounting. Rather, the synagogue should be a place where we learn how to live as our best and unique selves.

The joyous ushering in of Shabbat via the ancient song Lekha Dodi, immediately followed by welcoming the week’s bereaved families into the sanctuary illustrates the fact that we come to synagogue to face life: to celebrate but also be awakened to reality; to find solace but also be shaken from our complacency and wrestle with our fate; to be comforted by our tradition but also to question it.

BJ’s rabbis strive to make sure that happens — to court controversy and to raise disturbing questions many would be more content to leave in the background — and certainly outside the synagogue.

We engage in prayer with kavanah — deep intention and inner devotion — as a way for us to feel the full intensity of life that Heschel spoke of. Through this kind of prayer we can feel wonder, joy, comfort, and gratitude. But we may also feel revulsion, outrage, and righteous indignation about our lives and the world.

Experience Something Different Each Shabbat of the Month

First Fridays

  • Tot Shabbat Service and Shabbat Dinner for Young Families, 5:15PM
  • Kabbalat Shabbat, 6:15PM
  • Bo-i Kallah, 6:15PM
  • Hitoreri Service and Shabbat Dinner for Teens, 6:15PM
  • Second Fridays

  • Kadima@BJ Elective and Family Shabbat Dinner, 5:30PM
  • Kabbalat Shabbat, 6:15PM
  • Third Fridays

  • Kabbalat Shabbat, 6:15PM
  • Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat, 6:15PM
  • Community Shabbat Dinner
  • Fourth Fridays

  • Kabbalat Shabbat, 6:15PM
  • Aviv 20s and 30s Shabbat Dinner
  • Shabbat Mornings

  • Hakhanah laTefillah, 8:45AM, every other week
  • Shabbat Morning Services, 9:30AM
  • Family Services, 10:45AM
  • Services conclude with a kiddush lunch for the community each week
  • Attend a Service

    Interested in attending a Shabbat service? Click below for our service schedule.

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    Our Torah

    We are privileged to have Czech Memorial Torah Scroll #516, one of the 1,564 Czech Memorial Sifrei Torah looted by the Nazis from the desolated Jewish communities of Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia during the 1939-1945 war.

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