Worship

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 Evening6 pm
Saturday Morning9:30 am – Service*

* Sometimes the service starts at 9 am (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.

*Sign Language interpretation is provided upon request*

Monday & Thursday Mornings8:00 am (8:45 am on Federal & School Holidays)
Sunday Mornings8:45 am
Weekday Evenings7:30 pm

Stream Services

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Learn to Lead Evening Services

Rabbi's Video Torah and Classes

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Rabbi Layman's Sermons

Read Rabbi Layman’s Response to Events at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh:
A Response to Pittsburgh

5780 High Holiday Information

Holiday Dates for 5780, Fall 2019

Annual Selichot Program and Service, Hosted by Shaare Tefila, September 21, 8:30 p.m. – Beginning with Havdalah & Dessert at 8:30, we will be joined by our neighbors at B’nai Shalom of Olney, Kehilat Shalom & Tikvat Israel for an uplifting evening. The theme this year is ‘Welcoming the Stranger’. More details are here.

The High Holiday Packet is Here – Including Youth Program Information

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 29, 6:00 p.m.
First Day – Monday, September 30, 8:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Second Day – Tuesday, October 1, 8:30 a.m. & 6:15 p.m.

Kol Nidrei – Tuesday, October 8, 6:15 p.m.
Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 9, 9:00 a.m.
     Study Session 3:45-4:45 p.m., Mincha/Neila 4:45 p.m., Shofar 7:20 p.m.

Erev Sukkot – Sunday, October 13 – 6:00 p.m. (in the Sukkah weather permitting)
First Day – Monday, October 14 – 9:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. (in the Sukkah weather permitting)
Second Day – Tuesday, October 15 – 9:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 
Hoshanah Rabah – Sunday, October 20
Shemini Atzeret – Monday, October 21
Erev Simchat Torah – Monday, October 21
Simchat Torah Day – Tuesday, October 22

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