Shabbat – שבת
We hold Shabbat evening services on the first and third Friday of every month. Our services take many forms, from traditional to contemporary and somewhere in between.
To be inclusive and accessible to all people, we use an egalitarian liturgy. Women and men share the religious (and administrative) leadership of Congregation Am Tikva. At any given time, it is not unusual to see a woman leading a service or a man lighting the Shabbat candles. Although guest rabbis join our congregation for special services and occasions, most services and activities are led by members.
Contemporary Shabbat Services
Our contemporary service is generally held on the first Friday of the month. The service is both in English and Hebrew. We mix a little of the “traditional” melodies along with musical accompaniment. There is definitely a lot more singing and reading of poetry in place of traditional prayers. This is definitely the more family friendly service as there is something for everybody.
Traditional Shabbat Services
Our traditional service is generally held on the third Friday of the month. The service is done mostly in Hebrew, and is probably closest to a conservative service, using “traditional” melodies, which of course depend on whatever “tradition” one grew up with. All of the Shabbat elements are in the service.