Worship 2018-09-06T09:47:20+00:00

Worship (Avodah) in the Falmouth Jewish Congregation reflects our desire to create a variety of opportunities for spiritual seeking and fulfillment. Our services embrace lively music, poetry, Torah, and dialogue.

Our congregation uses Mishkan T’filah, an engaging and user-friendly worship tool. You do not need to be familiar with Hebrew to have a fulfilling experience. Most services are led with guitar and, regularly, with a musical ensemble. Congregational singing is greatly encouraged. We are always eager to welcome visitors and newcomers to our community. We also encourage family worship at all of our services and, for the sake of little ones, provide books and toys just outside our worship space.

SCHEDULE OF WORSHIP

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Shabbat worship

We celebrate Shabbat with worship every Friday night, on the first Saturday morning of each month, and on special occasions. On a monthly basis our Shabbat services follow this pattern:

Friday Evenings

We hold a service every Friday evening. Over the course of the month, the “flavor” of the service will change. Special programs or “Out of the Box Shabbat” may dictate a shorter service. Everyone, regardless of age, is welcome at all Shabbat services. Please check the calendar for details on any given Shabbat.

First Friday – 6:00 P.M.
A half-hour, family-friendly service that culminates with challah & grape juice.

Second Friday – 7:30 P.M.
A Shabbat Service, lasting approximately 75 minutes, followed by an Oneg Shabbat.

Third Friday
5:15 – 6:00 P.M. Wine, juice, and cheese reception
6:00 P.M. Kabbalat Shabbat: a one hour service filled with music.

Fourth Friday – 7:30 P.M.
A Shabbat Service lasting approximately 75-90 minutes, with occasional musical or educational programming. An Oneg Shabbat follows. Our 3rd or 4th Friday service is often one that features the Bayit (“House”) Band.

Fifth Friday (when applicable) –
5:15 – 6:00 P.M. Wine, juice, and cheese reception
6:00 P.M. Kabbalat Shabbat: a one hour service filled with music.

Saturday Mornings

First Saturday of the month – 10:00 A.M.
The service lasts two hours and includes Torah reading.

Other Saturdays – 10:00 AM

As scheduled for b’nei mitzvah celebrations (all are welcome; you need not be invited) and other special occasions. A two-and-a-half hour service followed by a kiddush, to which all are invited.

HOSTING OR SPONSORING SHABBAT RECEPTIONS (Oneg Shabbat, Kiddush, wine & cheese)

Shabbat receptions provide an opportunity to celebrate milestones, honor the memory of loved ones or simply to enhance the experience of community. For further information, click here.

Torah Study on Saturday mornings

Torah study is held every Saturday morning. When there is a Shabbat morning service, Torah study is held from 8;30 – 9:30 AM. (See Lifelong Learning for a description). For schedule, see calendar.

HOLY DAYS

Simchat Torah

From the joy of Purim and Simchat Torah to our congregational Pesach seder, we move through the Jewish year marking and celebrating Jewish sacred time. Consult the calendar as holidays approach for a schedule of congregational observances, both worship and programs.

High Holy Days

High Holy Day worship requires tickets, which are provided to members. Members of Reform (URJ) congregations may request reciprocal tickets for the High Holy Days by contacting the office.

If you are not a member and would like to explore the possibility of worshiping with us, please contact the office. We extend courtesy tickets to full-time students in the area, as well as active-duty service personnel and their families. On the afternoons of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we hold family services, which are open to the public and do not require tickets.

Our Tashlich (“casting”) ceremony on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah is held at an area beach and is a highlight of our High Holy Day worship. Non-members are welcome to join us.

WORSHIP LOCATIONS

We enjoy two wonderful worship spaces, the historic East End Meeting House, built in 1797, and Goode Chapel in our Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center building. Both buildings are handicap accessible, although the Meeting House does not, at this time, offer handicap-accessible restrooms. Please consult the calendar to determine where services are being held. Parking for both facilities is located at 7 Hatchville Road. Limited handicap parking is available at the Meeting House.