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Monday, October 21, 2019 Office closed; 5:30 pm Simchat Torah Dinner; 6:30 pm Erev Simchat Torah Service

Tuedsay, October 22, 2019 Office closed; 9:30 am Simchat Torah Service

Monday, November 4, 2019 - Mah Jongg Club @ 6:30 pm & Men's Poker Club @ 7 pm.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - A Walk of the Land @ 7 pm. The Israel National Trail by Udi Goren. Join your friends to listen to travel photographer, speaker and teacher Uri Goren talk about his adventures in Israel. A 75 minute talk followed by a Q & A session.

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - Sisterhood Brunch @ 9 am Past to Present....Female Leaders in Judaism with Jeri Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at First Presbyterian Church, 3251 Tilghman Street, Allentown, PA @ 7 pm with reception to follow afterward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shabbat Services

Shabbat morning services in our sanctuary are participatory, warm, inspiring and egalitarian. Our Shabbat morning service begins at 9:00 a.m. and typically ends between 11:30-12:00. The Torah service begins at 10:00 a.m. We join together in a warm and inviting community kiddush lunch every week following services. Visitors are always warmly welcomed!

Fridays at 6 p.m.
Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday Children and Family services

The Service
The Shabbat service is divided into three sections. The first section, the Preliminary Service, includes portions of the Book of Psalms. The second section, the Shacharit, includes the Torah Service. The last section, the Musaf, has additional prayers recalling services held in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Mourner’s Kaddish (memorial prayer) is recited in memory of those who have died. At the conclusion of the service, we recite Kiddush (the blessing over the wine) and Hamotzi (the blessing over the bread) before partaking of a festive meal called Kiddush.       

At the beginning of the Torah service, the Torah is removed from the Aron Kodesh (Holy Ark). It is carried in procession around the Sanctuary for all to see and touch. During the Torah service, Jewish adults receive Aliyot (honor of being “called to the Bimah” to recite Torah blessings). Reading from the Torah requires great skill and preparation. Other honors throughout the service include opening or closing the Aron Kodesh and carrying, lifting, or dressing the Torah. At the conclusion of the service, the Torah is carried in procession around the Sanctuary and returned to the Ark.

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