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People often ask -- How different are Sephardic and Ashkenazi forms of worship?

Sephardi and Ashkenzai Jews share precisely the same beliefs, the same devotion to the tenets of Judaism. Differences arise in customs and liturgy. Although Sephardim and Ashkenazim use the same basic prayers, Sephardim use decidedly oriental cantillation (ta'amim) when they pray and when they read the Torah. 

Melodies differ from synagogue to synagogue, as they often reflect the countries and cultures of their congregants’ origins. At Magen David, it is customary for the Torah reader to use ta'amim that reflect the background of the person honored with an Aliyah. This applies to Ashkenzai honorees as well. 

We hope you’ll join us at an upcoming service, either during the week or on Shabbat. Prayer times for the week are listed below.

Today's Calendar

: 7:00a
Parshat Hashavuah
: 6:00p

This week's Torah portion is Parshat Re'eh

Candle Lighting

Friday, Aug 14, 7:46p


Motzei Shabbat, Aug 15, 8:48p

Shabbat Mevarchim

Shabbat, Aug 15
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Thu, August 13 2020 23 Av 5780