Shabbat Services (Summer 2014)


Every Friday Evening

Services begin at 6:30 p.m. with the following EXCEPTIONS:

July 4th and August 1st, services begin at 6:00 p.m.

The first Friday of each month, West End Synagogue offers a one-hour, intergenerational, family-friendly musical service for all ages, beginning at 6 pm.  (During the summer, family potluck dinner is suspended.)

August 29th at 8:00 pm:  haMinyan (8:00 p.m.)

haMinyan is West End's lay-led, often experimental and always interesting Kabbalat Shabbat service.  On this date, there will be no earlier service.

These Special Friday night services are scheduled in July/August:

Yedid Nefesh - Friday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Rabbi Marc Margolius will lead Yedid Nefesh (Companion of the Soul), a contemplative service for Shabbat evening consisting largely of guided silent meditation, interspersed with chanting and a short teaching. While the basic liturgy will be followed, this one-hour service essentially will be quieter and more reflective in nature. (No prior meditation experience is necessary or assumed.)

Shirat haLev and OPEN HOUSE - Friday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Shirat haLev is a special contemplative, musical celebration of Shabbat featuring seating in the round, percussion accompaniment, and very spirited communal singing of the Shabbat prayers and blessings. Shirat HaLev is a wonderful way to connect with oneself and the West End Synagogue community.

Every Shabbat Morning

Torah Study (9-10 a.m.)
led by Rabbi Marc Margolius

Each Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m., Rabbi Margolius facilitates a group exploration of the weekly Torah portion, incorporating traditional rabbinic, Hasidic, and contemporary interpretations, as well as the insights of participants. We seek to discover points of resonance between our lives and the Torah narrative, and lessons which might guide us in our daily lives and inform our efforts to repair the world. All are welcome; no prior background or knowledge required.

Shabbat Morning Services (10 a.m.)
OPEN HOUSE:  Saturday morning, August 23, 2014

Shabbat morning services begin each Saturday morning at 10 a.m., following Torah study (see above). They include contemporary English readings and poems, explanations and suggested kavanot (intentions) for aspects of the service, and a sermon and discussion on the weekly Torah portion. Services are followed by a full congregational Kiddush luncheon at 12:30 p.m. for socializing and camaraderie. All are welcome to drop in for all or part of the service or Kiddush luncheon.  (Free childcare is offered each Shabbat morning from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

Tot Shabbat

We hold services for children 0-4 years old every Shabbat morning at 11:30 a.m., year-round, featuring songs, prayer, parent-child interaction, and stories.  Join us any week -- drop-ins are welcome!

Additional Shabbat Programming

HaMatmid Tanakh Shabbat Afternoon Bible Study (1:30 p.m.)
1st and 3rd Saturdays

On the first and third Shabbat afternoons of each month, West End members meet at 1:30 p.m. to explore the books of the Hebrew Bible (the Tanakh).  No prior background is necessary, and all are welcome.

Mesillat Yesharim, The Path of the Upright (1:30 p.m.)
2nd and 4th Saturdays

On the 2nd Saturday and 4th Saturday of the month, West End members meet at 1:30 p.m. for study of this classic text on ethics by Moses Hayyim Luzzatto, using the new JPS edition translated by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan and including new commentary.  Led by Susan Schorr.
(NOTE:  The Havdalah Project is on hiatus over the summer and will resume in October following the High Holy Days.)

To learn more about West End Synagogue's Shabbat services and programs
during the rest of the year, please visit the page:


190 Amsterdam Avenue (at 69th Street)
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 579-0777
Fax: (212) 579-2669
Email: admin [at]
Affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist movement

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