While there are many opportunities to be involved in congregational life, worship is a place where the entire congregation comes together.
Services at Rodeph Sholom help foster a unique sense of community. Please join us as we mark sacred time together.
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 Shir Chadash. Built on the success of Shabbat B’Shir, Shir Chadash is a lively, musical, song-filled service led by our wonderful Cantors and Clergy alongside our outstanding instrumentalists on keyboard, drums, guitar and flute. It features eclectic and creative music, pulling from the best of Jewish and secular traditions. Each month features a different surprise musical moment from various groups within the Rodeph Sholom shule and School community.
Shabbat Morning Torah Study: 8:45 am (Leader Board Room)
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.
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 am. 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.
Other Shabbat Experiences
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.