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 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

Stream Services

Learn to Lead Evening Services

Rabbi's Video Torah and Classes

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

High Holiday Information


Click on this button for all the High Holiday Information you will need!

The 2020 High Holiday Forms Packet can also be found here.

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Friday, September 18
First Day – Saturday, September 19
Second Day – Sunday, September 20

Kol Nidrei – Sunday, September 27
Yom Kippur – Monday, September 28

Erev Sukkot – Friday, October 2
First Day – Saturday, October 3
Second Day – Sunday, October 4
Hoshanah Rabah – Friday, October 9
Shemini Atzeret – Saturday, October 10
Erev Simchat Torah – Saturday, October 10
Simchat Torah Day – Sunday, October 11

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