Services, Sermons, Classes, and more

Take a look at our various services, classes, and sermons.

Schedule of Services

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.*

Friday Evening



6-6:45 pm

Saturday Morning

In person,

ZOOM, or



Post pandemic, Shabbat and Weekday services are currently being conducted by ZOOM, Livestream, and/or in person. You can find updated links each week on our Covid-19 Updates page here.

*Sign Language interpretation is provided upon request*

Monday & Thursday Mornings

In person and 



Sunday Mornings

In person and



Monday & Wednesday Evenings


7:30 pm

High Holiday Information

Most services will be held in our Sanctuary with live-streaming & on ZOOM. Both Rosh Hashanah evening services, plus Rosh Hashanah concluding service, will be held only on ZOOM.

2021 High Holiday Forms Packet

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Monday, September 6, 6:00 p.m. ZOOM only
First Day – Tuesday, September 7, 9:00 a.m. – In Person & on ZOOM
Second Night – Tuesday, September 7, 6:00 p.m. ZOOM only
Second Day – Wednesday, September 8, 9:00 a.m. – In Person & on ZOOM
Concluding Service – Wednesday, September 8, 8:10 p.m. ZOOM only

Kol Nidrei – Wednesday, September 15, 6:45 p.m. – In Person & on ZOOM
Yom Kippur – Thursday, September 16 – In Person & on ZOOM
   Morning Service – 9:00 a.m.
   Mincha, Ne’ilah – 5:30 p.m.
   Shofar – 7:58 p.m.

Erev Sukkot – Monday, September 20
First Day – Tuesday, September 21 – In Person & on ZOOM
Second Day – Wednesday, September 22 – In Person & on ZOOM
Hoshanah Rabah – Monday, September 27
Shemini Atzeret/Erev Simchat Torah – Tuesday, September 28
Simchat Torah Day – Wednesday, September 29 – In Person & on ZOOM

Learn to Lead Evening Services

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