Please see our calendar for a full listing of services, events and holiday celebrations.
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Shabbat At Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Share Shabbat with family, friends – old ones and new – and community. Join us for meaningful Shabbat worship, study and hospitality.
Erev Shabbat — 6:00 pm
Each Friday evening the Rodeph Sholom community joins together to welcome Shabbat in a joyful service of prayer, music, song and moments of quiet contemplation. Our Erev Shabbat service is a perfect way to end the week and begin recharging for the week ahead.
The second Friday of the month at Rodeph Sholom is Shabbat B’shir, a service comprised largely of song and features our instrumentalists, our adult and children’s choirs and the lively participation of the entire congregation. The Shabbat B’shir service provides a meaningful worship opportunity for congregants and visitors of all ages — from seniors, to children and everyone in between!
Shabbat Morning Torah Study — 8:45 am
Join fellow congregants for a lively discussion of Torah and other books of the Hebrew Bible each Saturday morning at 8:45 AM. The study ends in time for the morning Shabbat service. As with our Shabbat services, newcomers and visitors are invited to study with us.
Shabbat Morning Services
Congregational Service: 10:00 am (Sanctuary)
Celebrate the grandeur of Shabbat with Rodeph Sholom in our majestic Main Sanctuary. The stirring melodies of our Cantors, professional choir and musical accompanists inspire the soul. The words of our Rabbis challenge and inspire the mind.
Typically, one or more of our families will celebrate a bar or bat mitzvah at the Shabbat morning sanctuary service. Our B’nai Mitzvah masterfully demonstrate the art of chanting Torah and deliver a powerful message illustrating the meaning of the weekly Torah portion.
Chapel Service: 10:15 am (Schnurmacher Chapel)
Celebrate Shabbat in a more intimate setting with our Chapel Minyan. Our Chapel service is a highly participatory, energetic, and largely musical service, offering meaningful worship for those seeking serious engagement with Jewish prayer in a warm, collegial environment.
The Chapel Minyan also offers members of the congregation the opportunity to sharpen their skills in chanting Torah or Haftorah. Instead of a sermon, our Rabbis moderate a group discussion of the weekly Torah portion and guide our study of related rabbinic texts.
The Chapel Minyan is open to everyone. Newcomers and visitors are particularly welcomed and encouraged to participate. Transliterations of all prayers are provided, and the melodies are readily learned. Many newcomers — including those who doubted they could find such inspired worship, learning and community in a synagogue environment! — have become regular participants.
The Chapel Minyan begins at 10:15. It typically meets in the Schnurmacher Chapel, on the sixth floor. On occasion, the Chapel Minyan meets in the Hahn Chapel, on the second floor.
During the summer months, a single Shabbat morning service is typically held in the Schnurmacher Chapel, and there is no service in the Main Sanctuary.
Shabbat Morning Children and Family Services
Shabbat is a time for children of all ages! Junior programming occurs every Saturday morning for pre-B’nai Mitzvah children in our congregation. Each program encourages the children to participate in a Shabbat experience filled with song, prayer and stories – the perfect way to celebrate Shabbat.
Every experience is tailored to meet the needs of each group and is supervised by our extraordinary clergy, teachers and musicians.
These services alternate on Saturday mornings and occur only when school is in session. Please check the Synagogue calendar for specific dates.
- Sing Along Shabbat
For children ages 0–5
Come for Shabbat songs, stories, dancing, and snacks!
(9:30 am – 10:00 am)
- Shabbat B’Yachad (”Shabbat Together”)
For children ages 0-7
An interactive Shabbat service with Torah reading, family activities, and snacks!
(9:30 am – 10:30 am)
- Junior Congregation
For children ages 8–12
Where our youth become leaders – sing, celebrate, and even learn to chant from the Torah!
(10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Shabbat at Rodeph Sholom is more than worship and study. Throughout the year, the Congregation hosts many Friday night Shabbat dinners, and Saturday afternoon Shabbat lunches, often in conjunction with interesting Shabbat programs to which all are invited. Share Shabbat meals with friends, and make new friends within the synagogue community. Check our calendar for upcoming events.
For the past 14 years, each Tuesday night, Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s lay leaders have dedicated themselves to providing a weekly evening service for our community. In an effort to better serve the needs of the congregation, beginning January 1, 2014, this service will happen upon request.
If you are celebrating a joyous occasion, marking a yahrzeit, or in need of a prayer for healing, we invite you to come worship in a supportive, caring community. You may request a service any evening Monday through Thursday by calling Cantor Shayna De Lowe at (646) 454-3039 or emailing gro.cynsrcnull@viraam.