Prayer in this Difficult Time
Daily prayer is a key feature defining ourselves as Jews. In these prayers we remind ourselves of God’s presence in our lives and reaffirm our commitment to the basic articles of faith: the one God, the mitzvot and our hopes for the future. Prayers are best recited in the presence of a minyan (at least 10 adults) and we are proud that we have been able to provide daily evening services and some morning services too.
Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 virus, we had no choice but to cancel our weekday services until further notice. But we still need to pray and we still want to recite the mourner’s kaddish. Here, then, are links to the essential prayers that we can recite everyday, by ourselves, at home.
Please be safe and I pray that you stay healthy too.
Rabbi Jonah Layman

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Shaare Tefila Congregation is egalitarian – men and women equally participate in leading services, receiving honors at the Torah, and even reciting the priestly blessing (“duchaning”) on the holidays.

We use Siddur Lev Shalem – the newest prayer book of the Conservative Movement – for Shabbat services. Our main service is conducted in Hebrew with active congregational participation; members of the congregation participate in reading the entire weekly Torah portion; and Torah study (whether before and/or after the Shabbat morning service) is an integral part of our service.

Jewish prayer is challenging yet uplifting. In order for all to experience religious fulfillment we periodically offer creative services on Shabbat morning highlighting different forms of Jewish spirituality. We also encourage everyone to study the service and the Torah reading with the English translations and commentary that are available and we encourage attending classes taught by Rabbi Layman to better understand the liturgy.

(Please be sure to check congregation publications and calendar for occasional time changes.)

Shabbat Friday Evening – 6:00 PM

Shabbat – Saturday Morning – 9:00 AM Torah Study, 9:20 AM Service – sometimes the service starts at 9am (e.g. when we celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, if it’s a holiday) – please check the calendar page for the specific date and time

Monday & Thursday Mornings – 8:00 AM

Sundays & Federal Holidays – 8:45 AM

Weekday Evenings  – 7:30 PM