Temple Rodef Sholom
At Rodef Sholom we offer a variety of Erev Shabbat worship and musical styles. We welcome Shabbat in community weekly on Friday evenings beginning at 7:00pm. For most of the year we have an oneg Shabbat, a reception with refreshments and informal conversation, following the service. During the summer months we begin with an early oneg Shabbat at 6:30 pm, followed by our service at 7:00pm.
Our praying and singing is participatory, and we invite you to join in! Once a month, usually on the third Friday of the month, we read from the Torah, and offer the opportunity for those celebrating birthdays, anniversaries or other simchas during the month, to be recognized with a blessing and a “sweet treat”. On the second Friday of the month, we have “Heritage Shabbat”, where our service reflects the classical Reform roots of our founders, including more English readings and music reflective of those traditions.
At TRS we use the Reform Movement’s siddur, Mishkan T’filah, which gives us several options for each prayer, with each two-page spread dedicated to one prayer. Hebrew, transliteration, and a faithful translation appear on the right-hand side, while the left-hand side offers related interpretive readings. As a congregation we pray one of these selections aloud. When we finish that selection, we continue on to the next two-page spread. Feel free to participate with the community or to select an alternative version of each prayer.
Our tradition teaches that the world is sustained by prayer, study, and acts of loving kindness. Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav taught: “Prayer is reaching. It is reaching out to each other, in to ourselves and up to God. In truth, all three are the same direction, for when we reach out to others we find ourselves and God, when we reach into ourselves we find others and God, and when we reach up to God we touch ourselves and others”. We participate in communal prayer for diverse reasons. At times we seek transcendence, at other times we seek connection to community or deeper self-knowledge.
We believe that the power in communal worship comes from creating a structure that brings us together as a community, while leaving enough room for personal prayer and introspection. We invite you to join us on our communal prayer journey and to carve out your own path as well.