The literal translation of this popular Hebrew phrase is “Peaceful Sabbath”. We invite you to worship with us on Shabbat year round. Throughout each month we vary content and styles of service to serve our diverse congregation. Unless noted otherwise, our Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) service is held every Friday at 7:00 p.m. We gather for the Shabbat morning service every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The Shabbat morning service is always preceded by Torah study at 9:00 a.m.
Weekly and holiday services nourish our souls. We embrace a variety of service styles with a combination of Hebrew and English passages. The style is more traditional some weeks and more creative others. Sometimes our Chorale, congregants who generously share their musical talents, enhance our worship. The third Friday of each month is Friday Night Live, an all music Shabbat evening service filled with uplifting and upbeat contemporary music led by our adult band and vocalists. Some weeks we use the Mishkan T’filah prayer book and some weeks we write our own service. Several times a year we travel back in time and honor our Classical Reform roots and worship using the Union Prayer Book.
We offer various Family Shabbat experiences geared toward young families. The fourth Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. is Tot Shabbat, an experience for families with children 5 and under. These opportunities promote social interaction and provide multi-sensory explorations of Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. These monthly encounters build communal connections, familiarize families with the synagogue, and help create ritual and routine in creative ways. Tot Shabbat is open to all families of very young children. Bring your friends.
KIDdish Shabbat is a Saturday morning Shabbat experience designed for elementary school age students and their siblings. Recognizing that Jewish life is an everyday experience, these quarterly experiences are most often held off-campus. We experience Jewish life all over Jacksonville!