Aviva and Daniela, Feb. 2012-cMost of our monthly morning Shabbat services take place in the third-floor chapel of the downtown MNjcc. You will find a warm and welcoming group of “regulars” as well as new people and guests of our congregants.  Our egalitarian siddur, Eit Ratzon , is in Hebrew and English, and also transliterated into Hebrew. The prayers and songs are traditional AND  contemporary. We offer group aliyot (call up to have a blessing during Torah service), milestone mentions, with songs in English and Hebrew, as well as occasionally in Yiddish and Ladino. Children, from babies to tweens, are always welcome in our services, and we include them in many of the rituals, including the blessings over the “wine” and bread before the kiddish.

After Aufruf (marriage blessing), at kiddish lunch

After Aufruf (marriage blessing), at kiddish lunch

Many members choose to mark lifecycle events by commemorating baby namings, aufrufs (marriage blessing), anniversaries and Yahrtzeits, and some of them sponsor the delicious kiddishes that follow our services, to which all are welcome.

Children ages three to eight years often participate in the free programs held in a classroom down the hall from our chapel, and then adults congregate in the same room after the kiddish for our increasingly-popular adult education series on such topics as ritual, prayer and Torah.