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Shabbat learning and alternative services

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“[I]n six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day God ceased from work and was refreshed.”  Exodus 31:17 (translation from Etz Hayim, 2001).

"It is one of life’s highest rewards, a source of strength and inspiration to endure tribulation, to live nobly. The work on weekdays and the rest on the seventh day are correlated. The Sabbath is the inspirer, the other days inspired.” Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Come to Temple Aliyah on Shabbat, where virtually each week there are study sessions or some sort of alternative service. All sessions and services are designed so that you may come solely to partake in them, or so that you will be able to join the main service for at least the beginning of the Torah service.

Erev Shabbat (Friday Evening)

“Shabbat Aliyah” Kabbalat Shabbat Services

Shabbatot, September 6, October 4, November 1, January 3, February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, and June 5 / From 6:15 to 7:15 pm

Cantor Jamie Gloth

Join with members of our community to welcome Shabbat with Shabbat Aliyah, our monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service held on the first Friday of every month. You don’t have to be familiar with the prayers or be able to read Hebrew. You just have to love to sing! We will be singing tunes that are catchy and spirited. Come with your family and friends and be a part of a beautiful musical experience. A great way to begin Shabbat, our service will conclude with a tasty Oneg Shabbat.

Early Morning 

Shabbat Meditation

Shabbatot, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 7, April 4, May 2, and June 6 / From 9:15 to 10:15 am

Naomi Litrownik, LICSW

Creating sacred space in our lives encourages us to be more fully present (i.e., able to say, “Hineni,” or “Here I am” with full consciousness). What better time to engage in this creative and contemplative practice than on a Shabbat morning? Join fellow congregants and let yourself enjoy the peacefulness of Shabbat. This monthly meditation is open to all, regardless of experience, and concludes in time to join the main service at the beginning of the Torah service. For further information contact Naomi.

Poses d’Zimra: Shabbat Morning Yoga

Shabbatot, October 12, November 16, January 11, February 29, March 21, April 11 and May 16 / From 9:15 to 10:15 am

Deborah Wollner

Start your Shabbat morning with a gentle vinyasa flow practice, and enhance your observance with the beautiful voice of Deborah Wollner, certified yoga instructor and Zamir Chorale member. Each monthly yoga session will integrate prayer and spiritual reflection, and is open to all tween, teen, and adult members of our community, regardless of yoga or davening experience (tweens should be accompanied by a participating adult). Either bring your own yoga mat or borrow one at the synagogue. Wear comfortable clothing conducive for moving on the floor. Feel free to bring a wardrobe change and afterward join the Torah service in the main sanctuary. For more information, contact Sharon Katz.

Kavanot *NEW*

Shabbatot, October 19, November 23, January 18, February 8, April 18, and June 20 / From 9 to 10 am

Rabbi Carl Perkins

Prayer is a uniquely human activity — and yet it doesn’t always come easy to humans. Sometimes, we sense that we want to pray, but we don’t know how to focus ourselves and channel our feelings, yearnings or concerns. The rabbis identified “kavanat ha-lev,” “a focused heart,” as the ideal state for prayer. For the most part, they didn’t require it — for how could one be held to account for not being sufficiently focused? But the rabbis did encourage people to prepare for prayer by meditating, chanting, and reflecting on the meaning of prayers, and through other spiritual practices. Once a month, we will gather for “Kavanot” (intentions) to share practices that can help us better to focus ourselves during worship. These will include chanting, singing wordless melodies (nigunim), exploring the meaning of key words, and sharing reflections on how we can better express ourselves through prayer.

Torah on Two Feet

Shabbatot, October 26, November 9, December 14, January 11, January 25, February 22, March 14, April 25, May 9, and June 13 / From 9 to 10 am

Rabbi Leslie Gordon

Dig deep into the weekly Torah portion and enhance your Shabbat morning experience! Join us as we explore the weekly Torah reading from literary, spiritual and psychological perspectives. We meet one or two Shabbat mornings per month, finishing our study in time to join the Torah service in the main sanctuary. No Hebrew required. Come for any or all sessions.

Shabbat Dvar Torah

Every Shabbat, about 11 am

Rabbi Carl Perkins and occasional guests

At the heart of our Shabbat morning service is Torah study. Each week, Rabbi Perkins or an occasional guest presents a dvar torah, which explores themes from the weekly Torah portion and connects them to our daily lives. The dvar torah, which is presented immediately after the Torah is returned to the Ark on Shabbat morning, is intended to help us address contemporary issues by interpreting the words, themes, and stories from our most sacred text. Come on Shabbat morning to hear the dvar torah — and/or feel free to stay for the entire service. Either way, you will nourish your soul and stimulate your mind.

Post Kiddush


Shabbatot, September 28, November 23, December 28, January 25, February 29, April 25, and June 27 / After Kiddush, from 12:30 to 1:15 pm (approximately)

Cantor Jamie Gloth

Join Cantor Gloth after Kiddush in singing some of your favorite melodies and Friday night and Shabbat morning prayers. You may also learn an occasional brand new melody! This is a chance to be part of an accessible, low-key group of people who just enjoy singing.

Kiddush Conversations

Shabbatot, October 26, November 9, December 7, January 4, February 8, March 7, March 21, April 4, May 30, and June 13 After Kiddush, from 12:30 to 1:15 pm (approximately)

Conversations led by members of Temple Aliyah

Our congregation is filled with fascinating people with fascinating stories to share. At Kiddush Conversations, Temple Aliyah members draw upon their areas of expertise, life experience, or interest to lead a Conversation. These Conversations provide us with opportunities to learn from and about each other in a relaxed environment. Enhance your enjoyment of Shabbat by engaging with members in our dynamic community, and join the Conversation!

The full description of all of this year' Kiddush conversations can be found on this page.

Please click here to see the biographies of all of the instructors in this year's Adult Ed programs.

Sunday, July 5 2020 13 Tammuz 5780