Every Friday evening, we gather as a community to welcome Shabbat in prayer and song. Our warm, welcoming serviceusually starts at 7:00pm, ends at approximately 8:15pm, includes a short d'rash (teaching), and is followed by a communal Oneg Shabbat giving members and visitors opportunities to greet one another and nosh. On some Friday evenings, we welcome a speaker, read Torah, have a congregational dinner or celebrate a special occasion. All ages are welcome; babysitting available most Fridays, except in the summer.
Kabbalat Shabbat T'Fillah, 2nd Friday each month, 6:30pm
Once a month we host an earlier, multi-generational prayer experience, filled with upbeat, joyful, inspiring music, liturgy, and dancing. This hour-long service is perfect for all ages and is followed by a 'bring your own dinner' gathering, where we share in a Shabbat meal as a community.
Shabbat Morning Minyan and Neshama, Saturdays, 9:00am (please see our calendar)
Minyan is our intimate, clergy or lay lead worship service on Saturday mornings (when there is not a Bar or Bat Mitzvah). It begins at 9:00 am and concludes by 9:45 am; followed by a nosh and exploratory Torah study, called Neshama. In Jewish mysticism we learn that the soul and Torah were created together and have the same spiritual roots, so in studying Torah we also delve into the depth of our soul. Each session will engage our senses in different ways with various media to unpack the text, derive meaning from it, and connect it to our lives. All of our Neshama sessions are participatory, warm, relaxed, need no prior knowledge and add another dimension to our worship experience.
Full Shabbat Morning Service, Saturdays, 10:00am (please see our calendar)
On many Saturday mornings, there is a full Shabbat morning service with Torah reading. Each of these is primarily led by a student who is becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Though the student leadership changes from week to week, the services offer an opportunity for the FVJC community and guests to worship together in our sanctuary. Saturday morning services in the sanctuary begin at 10:00 am.
Mini Minyan, Saturdays, 8:30-9:30 (please see our calendar)
Coming In the fall! Shabbat story time, blessings, challah snack and play for families with young children. Join other families in the community and a member of our clergy for an informal “drop-in” Shabbat experience. We hope our mini minyan is a great way for you to share the joy of Shabbat with your kids in a playful, informal community setting. See the flyer.
Shabbat Off The Beaten Path, Saturdays seasonally, 10:00 am (please see our calendar)
Join Rabbi Bekah or Marian for this once a month opportunity to bring your Shabbat prayer experience outside in a variety of natural settings. In Hebrew, the practice of spontaneous meditation is called Hitbodedut. Through this unique form of prayer, we aim to deepen our relationship with God and the natural world.
*There will be a recording on our voicemail on Saturday morning if our gathering is cancelled due to rain.
Summer Shabbat Evening T'Fillah, Fridays, 6:00pm (Stratton Brook Park / Sanctuary alternatively)
Every Friday evening during the summer, we gather as a community to welcome Shabbat in prayer and song. Our warm, welcoming service usually runs for 45 minutes and is followed by a 'bring your own dinner' gathering when we are at the park. All ages are welcome to join us.
Welcome! Celebrate your simcha with us!
Are you are expecting a new baby? Did your grandchild get married? Is something wonderful happening in your life? Let us know! We look forward to welcoming you and sharing in your joy. Our clergy and Caring Community team are happy to provide resources and support for all of life’s big and little transitions.
Interested in learning how to lead or co-lead Summer Services?
Traditionally, these have been less formal than our regular Friday night services. We'd like to begin the tradition of having a few of these services co-led by members who enjoy leading others in prayer. If you would like the opportunity to do this, please let us know. Contact Rabbi Bekah, firstname.lastname@example.org.