“Two Jews, three opinions.” The old joke plays on an important truth: different Jews often take different paths to the spiritual wisdom of our faith. Some worship fully and joyously using the traditional liturgy, some relate best to Jewish music, some love to celebrate holidays by singing with their children, and some have less interest in conventional services but long for a communal forum to discuss religious issues. At Society Hill Synagogue, we believe in supporting as many of these diverse approaches as possible.
Shabbat Services on Fridays and Saturdays
Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 6:15 PM, and Saturday Morning Shabbat Services begin at 10 AM. B’nai Mitzvah Services begin at 9:30 AM.
Every Shabbat we feature Torah study at 9 AM: On one Saturday of each month, Rabbi Winokur and guest Rabbi Marjorie Berman lead a fascinating Torah study session from 9–10 AM, focusing on that day’s Torah portion. Rabbi Winokur leads Torah study by himself during the other Shabbatot.
Participation-oriented, our Shabbat services are based on the Conservative liturgy and are conducted mostly in Hebrew. We add special monthly services that explore prayer and use music in different and inventive ways. Please check our calendar each month for:
- TGIShabbat (Friday evenings)–Once a month, this exciting, hour-long musical Shabbat service begins at 6:15 PM.
- Class Services (Friday evenings or Saturday mornings)–Once a month, beginning at 10:30 AM on Saturdays or 6:15 PM on Fridays, these services are led by students in one of our Hebrew School classes; these services appeal to all ages and are shorter and in length and include more English than our standard Shabbat worship services.
- Meditative Service (Saturday mornings)–Once a month, Rabbi Winokur leads this service, beginning at 10 AM, using techniques associated with mindfulness and guided meditation practices to lift up the underlying spiritual/religious underpinnings of our traditional liturgy––to experience a greater depth of meaning that comes with meditation. Please see the calendar for dates.