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, and Torah study. Join us for services and explore our multiple pathways to grow your Shabbat practice 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.

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.

We Now Offer Virtual Shabbat Services

Our Shabbat services can be watched from the comfort of your own home. You can watch all of our Shabbat services on Facebook, our YouTube channel, or through a special zoom experience just for members. Head over to our calendar to browse the right virtual Shabbat service for you.

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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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