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Shabbat is a joyous time at Magen David, from the introductory prayers to the last strains of Adon Olam. An atmosphere of kavanah (meaning) prevails because prayer and the lessons of Torah are deeply felt. As a day of reflection and connection, Shabbat is a chance for us to gain new insights into Torah, our traditions, and issues of interest to contemporary Jews. We connect with friends and with our Judaism, and music at Magen David is central to our worship experience. The singing is participatory, and one of the most distinctive and pleasurable elements of our service.

Knowledgeable congregation members are often called upon to read from the Torah and Haftarah, or assist in leading prayer services.  The prayer book we use is Siddur Zehut Yoseph, published by the Sephardic Traditions Foundation.  It engages those schooled in Hebrew as well as those who prefer English translation, or transliteration when praying. Siddurim in French, Spanish, and Farsi are also available.

Members and friends who attend services regularly are a cohesive group. We enjoy and care about each other. Visitors are wanted, needed, and welcomed warmly. People of all ages, traditions, family configurations, and Jewish awareness quickly become comfortable in our midst. We especially value the presence of children; new families will find that in no time, their children will be among new friends, joining with them in the children’s part of the weekly Torah service.

We welcome Shabbat on Friday night with prayers and song. Saturday morning services are followed in the late afternoon by the Rabbi’s class, evening services, Seudah Shelisheet, and Havdallah.

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Tue, November 20 2018 12 Kislev 5779