Shabbat

Shir Joy Shabbat – Focus on Social Action

(Photo of the Shir Joy singers) Social Action Shir Joy Shabbat with Guest Speaker Gennady Mikityanky Our Shir Joy service is a powerful musical experience featuring Rabbi Chabon’s angelic voice accompanied by dynamic professional musicians on the bimah. This service is sure to lift our individual and collective spirits as we enter the space of…

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Published on May 11th, 2022

Shabbat online Every Third Friday

During these times of social distancing many of my friends are still avoiding crowds. That means “going” to services online.  Want to try out a new shul? Join Beth Emek on any third Friday for services online. If you are up for it, yes, you can go in-person. If not, join on Zoom.  Their service…

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Online Shabbat every Friday night

Have you found a “place” to go for an online Shabbat experience? If you are not affiliated with a synagogue that is offering services online consider joining Rabbi Bridget Wynne of Jewish Gateways any Friday evening at 6pm.  I’ve visited her service. It is only about 30 minutes but provides all the blessings and a…

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Whose online? EVERYONE!

I have a friend who plays the organ at an East Bay church and the piano at an East Bay synagogue. He marveled at how quickly the synagogue jumped into cyberspace. His church is still struggling with their website. Over the centuries Jews have learned to act fast. Make it work. There’s the joke that…

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Posted in Shabbat
Published on July 15th, 2020

Pondering Outdoor Religious Services

(Image is of Temple Isaiah in Lafayette in their outdoor sanctuary in 2016. They currently have NO PLANS to have services here or in their building. You may join them online.) Can we have Jewish religious services out of doors?  Several local synagogues have been using Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal’s Jewish values statement to guide their…

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Where Can I Access Shabbat Services Online?

(Image: Services at Beth Am) With COVID-19 impacting the entire world synagogues have moved rapidly to online services where ever possible. Orthodox congregations are not allowed to use electricity on the Sabbath. You can get on the email list for those synagogues and they will email members, and you, when they have programming available. They…

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