Shabbat Services Overview:
"Six days a week we wrestle with the world...on Shabbat we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in our soul." Abraham Joshua Heschel
KABBALAT SHABBAT (Welcoming the Shabbat): At CSI we welcome the Shabbat with beautiful melodies and inspiring prayers. Our regular services meet at 6 PM (November - March) and 6:30 PM (April - October). Monthly Shabbat Rocks/Family Services (7 PM) are geared towards families with younger children. When the weather cooperates, we hold Kabbalat Shabbat services in the main sanctuary with the glass walls completely open, allowing the descending sun to provide for a beautiful and holy atmosphere. All of our Kabbalat Shabbat services last about an hour. Please check the calendar for the schedule of special services and service times.
SHABBAT MORNING: Although traditional Jewish liturgy requires three services per day—morning, afternoon, and evening—the Shabbat Morning Service is considered by many to be the main service of the week. Somewhat longer than the other services of the week, the Shabbat Morning Service at CSI is egalitarian and traditional. We focus on a prayer experience enhanced by congregational singing and participation. Members read Torah and also have the opportunities to lead services and give Divrei Torah.
Adult Learning Service: In Judaism, learning is a lifetime pursuit. Join us once a month during the school year for our adult learning service led by Educational Director Roni Shapiro. At this slower paced service, we learn and discuss the meaning and structure of the Shabbat Morning Service. We also learn the traditional melodies. Our goal is to make you feel more comfortable in the main service. The service is designed to be meaningful for anyone regardless of Hebrew or Judaic background. Please check the calendar for service dates.
JUNIOR CONGREGATION AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES: We have age-appropriate services for children from age 3 to 7th grade. Torah for Tots (3, 4 and 5 year olds) This monthly service features lots of singing, dancing and stories. It is fun for both parents and children to attend this warm and inviting service. Prozdor Service (1st and 2nd graders) This monthly service is geared toward our new and flowering Hebrew readers. Junior Congregation (3rd, 4th and 5th graders) Held weekly during the school year, except for school holiday weeks, Junior Congregation focuses on teaching and preparing our students to lead services. There is always a lively Torah discussion. Junior congregation is a great sight to see, and adults are invited to come and visit. Sorry, no chocolate bars for adults! Kadima Service (6th and 7th graders). This monthly service (10:30 AM start time) is a great way to bridge Junior Congregation and the Main Sacntuary service and to fulfill Bar/Bat Mitzvah service attendance requirements. Please check the calendar for all service dates.
OUR SIDDUR AND CHUMASH: We use the most up-to-date siddur published by the Conservative Movement. Siddur Sim Shalom reflects the Conservative Movement’s traditions with both traditions and innovation. The English translation attempts to simultaneously portray the meaning of the Hebrew and provide a spiritual experience for those who pray in the English.
Transliterated Prayer Books: For those who have not yet learned Hebrew (or whose Hebrew is rusty), CSI has a number of prayer books with transliterated pages inter-leafed. they are found on the siddur cart in the sanctuary.
Sim Shalom for Weekdays: Our weekday minyan uses the red-covered Sim Shalom for Weekdays.
Chumash Etz Chayim: In 2001, the Conservative Movement produced a new Chumash (Torah/Haftarah translation and commentary). It reflects the Conservative Movement's understanding of Torah and tradition. The commentary incorporates both traditional exegesis and modern insights and sensitivities.