Shabbat Services and Programs

Shabbat Services and Programs - The below listed programs are scheduled during the year September through June

Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat Services

Join us for Shabbat evening services, held every Friday evening at 6:30 pm, except for the first Friday of each month, when services begin at 6:00 pm. 

The following Kabbalat Shabbat services are scheduled each month from September through June:

"First Friday at 6":  An Intergenerational Musical Shabbat Service and Potluck 

We celebrate the first Friday each month with a one-hour, intergenerational, family-friendly musical service for all ages at 6:00 pm, followed by a communal Shabbat potluck dinner.
 

Kabbalat Shabbat
with Rabbi Georgette  (6:30pm)

The second, third and fourth Friday evenings of the month.
 

 

Fifth Friday:  HaMinyan (6:30pm) - preceded by HaNosh (6:00pm)

For the past 20 years, HaMinyan at WES End has been a lay-led Friday night service when there is a fifth Friday in the month. It historically  began at 8 pm. 

Beginning August 30, 2019, the service will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be preceded at 6 p.m. by HaNosh,  light snacks with beverages.  A focal point or theme will be announced for each HaMinyan service.

 

Shabbat Morning

Torah Study

On Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m., our Rabbi leads 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

Shabbat morning services begin each Saturday morning at 10 a.m., following Torah study. 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!
 

Shirat Shabbat

Every THIRD Saturday morning at 11:15 AM beginning in October we have services for school-age children and their parents, featuring songs from Saturday morning liturgy with our Cantor teaching an interactive Parashah of the week from the Torah.

 

Additional Shabbat Programming:

HaMatmid Tanakh / Jewish Ethics

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Shabbat afternoons
Led by Susan Schorr
Drop in any Shabbat and join the discussion. First and third Saturdays we study texts—either the haftarah of the day or selected passages from the prayerbook. On the second and fourth Saturdays, we discuss ethics drawing from our tradition and our life experiences. . to explore the books of the Hebrew Bible (the Tanakh).  No prior background is necessary, and all are welcome.

Adult Education Offerings 2019-2020

THE MEANING OF CHANUKAH AND ITS RELATION TO OUR LIVES
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Shabbat afternoons, Dec. 7 and 14
Led by Bob Pollack

JEWS AND GENES: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IDENTITYAND JEWISH ANCESTRY
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Shabbat afternoons, Mar. 7 and 14
Led by Bob Pollack
What does it take to be a Jew and who decides that? We will review historical and modem answers and consider the differences betweenJewish identity— a matter of choice and communal judgment— and our Jewish ancestry, which some may think of as predestined based on our DNA.

FAMOUS JUDGES FROM OUR HAFTAROT: SAMSON
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Shabbat afternoon, June 6
Led by Connie Goldfarb, Jerry Posman and Alan Gotthelf

Contact

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

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