The following information is here to help give you some idea of what to expect at our Shabbat morning services! Please see our Online Calendar for our services schedule, and click here for the CNS Shabbat Morning Audio Guide! And scroll to the bottom of this page for transliterated versions of how to receive an Aliyah at the Torah! See you in shul!
Shabbat Morning Service Outline
"SHABBAT SHALOM" (SABBATH PEACE) is our traditional greeting!
The majority of our service is conducted in Hebrew, and the order of the service adheres to traditional observance. People of all genders participate and equally acceptmitzvot(responsibilities and honors).You will see many people wearing a kippah, or head covering, as a way to honor God. We ask that all people who are comfortable with that symbol wear a kippah, Jews and non-Jews alike. As a reminder of the biblical commandment to performmitzvot, many adult Jews wear a tallit (prayer shawl). If you would like to wear a kippah or tallit, Congregation Netivot Shalom has some available for your use.
There are many rules associated with traditional Shabbat observance. Out of respect for our observances, we ask that you follow certain guidelines while at Congregation Netivot Shalom.Please do not take pictures, smoke, or write during Shabbat. Please leave your cell phone off, or on silent. If you must use your phone, please go out to the courtyard or sidewalk to do so. Also, we ask that you not applaud during services. The person leading services or giving the drasha (sermon) is an embodiment of the community’s prayer, intention, and learning; they are not entertaining an audience. Instead, “yasher koach” is how we say congratulations for a job well done. Yasher koach can be translated as “may your strength be firm,” and it is a way of acknowledging the power of the persons’ contribution to the service, and wishing them continued strength.
|Siddur Sim Shalom|
IT IS EASY TO GET LOST DURING THE SERVICE. Please do not hesitate to look over your neighbor’s shoulder or ask if you cannot find the place. Most of our service follows the prayerbook SIDDUR SIM SHALOM (the blue smaller volume). During the Torah service we switch to the ETZ HAYIM (the larger red books).
Our service has four principal parts. The page numbers are for Siddur Sim Shalom, the blue prayerbooks we use.
I. BIRCHOT HASHACHAR and PESUKEI DE-ZIMRA (pp. 61 - 106)
These sections contain the preliminary recitation of blessings, Psalms, and biblical texts, setting the mood for the formal morning service that follows.
II. SHACHARIT (pp. 107 - 138)
III. TORAH SERVICE (pp. 139 - 154)
In contrast to the private Amidah in other sections of the service, the Torah Service is public and communal. The Torah scroll is removed from the Ark with a formal service and processional. Out of respect, we rise whenever the Torah is lifted or carried. We recite a blessing for learning, found on the inside back cover of the Etz Hayim (click here for a video of the melody). A weekly portion (parsha) is chanted aloud in Hebrew from the handwritten scroll. The melody follows an ancient form of musical notation. The Torah reading is divided into seven parts. For each of these parts, a person is honored with an aliyah (literally, "a going up") to recite the blessing over the Torah. Often, an aliyah celebrates some significant life cycle event such as a birth, upcoming wedding, or anniversary. Participation in any part of the Torah service is an honor. (See below for a transliterated version of the Aliyah blessings.)
After the final aliyah, the Misheberach, special prayer for all those who are seriously ill is recited. The words are on the inside back cover of the Etz Hayyim. (click here for a video of the melody.) When this is completed another blessing is said for those who have come up to the Torah, then we rise as the Torah is lifted and covered.
Blessings for an Aliyah to the Torah
(click for audio/video of the blessings)
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IV. MUSAF (pp. 155 – 187)
This section of the service begins with another Amidah. The Musaf service contains a finalKaddish, recited by mourners or those observing a yahrzeit (the anniversary of the death of a loved one). A final hymn concludes the service.
Welcome! We look forward to welcoming you to our community!