Praying

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We let our souls yearn.

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All are welcome. Whether you are deeply religious or avidly secular, everyone’s soul needs to feel uplifted. Our services bring a deeper significance to everyday life.

We are a fully inclusive, egalitarian, and independent congregation representing all branches of Judaism What exactly does this mean? When you visit us, here’s what you can expect:

  • Fully inclusive
  • Egalitarian
  • Traditional
  • Creative
  • Musical
  • Spiritual
  • Uplifting
  • Participatory
  • Multi-generational
  • Accessible

During our Friday night services we explore the meaning of the prayers, and once a month, we hold enhanced musical services – because so many people in our community connect spiritually through music. Throughout the year, we gather together for Jewish holiday celebrations, weekly Shabbat services, and family-friendly events.

We are a Beit Tefillah, a House of Prayer.

Religious services

Shabbat services are held every Friday at 6 p.m., throughout the year. What better way to end the week than with prayer, music, and schmoozing? All services are followed by Kiddush and Hamotzi with local cheese and fruit, and oftentimes a potluck or catered dinner. Check the calendar for what’s coming up or sign up for our weekly emails here.

Family services

Shabbat is a time when families come together. We invite you and your family to observe Shabbat at our bi-monthly multigenerational family service, followed by a pizza or potluck dinner. This is a great opportunity for children and adults to get to know each other better, and celebrate what it means to be part of a Jewish community.

Multi-generational Kabbalat Shabbat services

Come experience that wonderful sense of connectedness from generation to generation. This lively, music-filled service celebrates who we are as one community of different ages, interests and backgrounds. Our Religious School students take on a special role in this unique service, which might include teaching about our parashah/Torah portion and leading some of the prayers they have been learning.

Holiday observances

Regardless of your background or affiliation, we invite you to connect with your Jewish heritage by observing and celebrating the holidays with us. Our year-round holiday observances include:

  • High Holy Days — Full services and children’s services.
  • Sukkot — Annual Shabbat Sukkot service and dinner in our community Sukkah and Sukkot gatherings at Rabbi David and Alison’s Sukkah.
  • Chanukah — Community party featuring music, latkes, candle-lighting, and games.
  • Purim — Carnival, parade, and megillah reading.
  • Passover — Our big annual 2nd night Community Seder.
  • Shavuot — Campout and service on Mt. Mansfield.

Visit our Facebook page for updates and the most current event information.