Shabbat is the most important time of the week at Oheb Shalom, when our congregational family gathers together for prayer, study and camaraderie. We worship together every Friday night and Shabbat morning and seek to offer a diversity of worship styles and experiences. We hope that the experience of communal prayer is meaningful at Oheb Shalom for all, no matter a person’s background, education or past experience.
We welcome Shabbat on Friday evenings in a relaxed atmosphere of friendship with prayer, music and learning. Three to four times a year we enjoy Shabbat dinner and a program on a special theme.
Here’s our Friday evening service schedule:
- September-May at 6:15 P.M.
- June, July and August at 8:00 P.M.
- Music Lovers’ service, a service enhanced by instrumental music, takes place monthly throughout the year at 8:00 P.M. Check the calendar for exact dates.
Shabbat and Festival morning services begin at 9:30 A.M. The Torah service begins by about 10:15 A.M. and usually includes an opportunity for learning through a D’var Torah (speech or presentation related to the weekly Torah portion) or an engaging and lively discussion. A wonderful Kiddush follows each service. All are invited to stay, visit with friends and meet new people! Throughout the year, we often enhance Shabbat morning experiences with special services and programs.
Our worship services are conducted in Hebrew along with English readings. We use Siddur Sim Shalom, the official prayer book of the Conservative Movement, which contains the traditional Hebrew liturgy and a full English translation, plus some transliteration. Oheb Shalom also offers a complete English transliteration of the Shabbat morning service. Our Shabbat morning Torah reading follows the official Triennial Cycle of the Conservative Movement.
Approximately once a month we hold a meditative, non-traditional service in an intimate setting co-led by Cantor Lippitz and members of the congregation. Each Neshama Journey highlights a special theme that enhances the experience of prayer.
A Place for Kids on Shabbat at Oheb Shalom
Oheb Shalom is family friendly and welcomes people of all ages to attend our services. We offer special programs for kids of all ages on most Shabbat mornings of the year. Click here for a summary of Shabbat morning programs for kids.