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Weekly Services

About Weekly Services

We are saving a seat for you! Find an upcoming service on our calendar and please join us. All services are open to all who wish to worship with us. Only the major High Holy Day services require advance arrangements. Shir Hadash embraces LGBTQ, interfaith, and multiracial families.

At Shir Hadash we have a variety of services, each with their own style. These include our family services which are tailored for young families, and "Shabbat with the Band," which is a particularly boisterous and joyful service with multiple musical instruments accompanying the cantor. Our members love to sing, and our services include music reflecting a wide range of composers and musical styles. Read about more of our services below, and please join us! 

Friday Evening Services

Babysitting is now available at all Friday evening Shabbat services. Check the calendar to confirm babysitting at the Friday service you plan to attend.

Family Shabbat (Friday)

Everyone young and old, whether an elementary child or a child-at-heart, is welcome at this family-friendly 45-minute service. Family Shabbat services generally fall on the 1st Friday of the month. Check our calendar to find the next one. These services mostly begin at 6:00pm, followed by an optional family-friendly dinner at 6:45pm. Dinners are either potluck or for purchase.

Designed for elementary-school-aged children and their families, this service is filled with camp-style music and engaging hand motions, and is led by Rabbi Aron, Rabbi Schwartz, and our song leaders. In addition to worship, the family service includes a special Shabbat story and birthday blessings.

Shabbat with the Band & Shabbat with the Choir (Friday)

Celebrate Shabbat with a lively, interactive, musical service! "Shabbat with the Band" is generally held on the second Friday of the month - make sure to check our calendar to confirm.  We often introduce fresh music from both established and emerging Jewish composers each month.  Guitar, bass and drums add to the dynamic experience.  This service begins at 7:30 pm and usually lasts about an hour, followed by an Oneg.

Our "Shabbat with the Choir" services are often held on the 3rd Shabbat of the month, and these choir services feature additional singing and music to enjoy and experience together. We hope you can join us and add your voice!

Shabbat Worship (Friday)

On the 3rd, 4th, and occasionally 5th Shabbat of the month, services are held at 7:30 pm. Check the calendar to confirm the next general Shabbat service date and time. This service, geared toward adults (though all are welcome), may include a sermon delivered by Rabbi Aron or Rabbi Schwartz, a participatory presentation, or a visit by an outside speaker. On the last Friday of the month, the service includes a Torah reading and discussion of the weekly portion.


Once or twice a year, we move our Friday evening service outside to our beautiful garden area. Watch the calendar for these extra-special Shabbat worship experiences.

Saturday Morning Services

Shir Shabbat Services (Saturday)

Between Simchat Torah and Shavuot, when there is a Bar or Bat Mitzvah service in the sanctuary, Shir Shabbat services are held in the chapel as an alternative. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Shir Shabbat services are predominantly lay-led, with congregational volunteers leading the service as well as the Torah and Haftarah readings. See individual calendar dates for details about which lay leaders are scheduled and to reach out if you are interested in a role at an upcoming service. For a full list of upcoming Shir Shabbat services and the lay leadership participating at each service, visit our Shir Shabbat Services page.

Community Shabbat Services (Saturday)

Throughout the year, community Shabbat services take place on Saturday mornings when there is no bar or bat mitzvah. Led by our clergy team, these services often feature a special theme or program in addition to the reading of the Torah. Watch for these services once or twice a month.

Shir Shabbat Jr.  (saturday)

Do you have a little one who is ready to dance their wiggles out while singing Shabbat songs and hearing a story? Check our calendar to find the next Shir Shabbat Jr. service. This fun-filled morning of Shabbat songs, stories, and play is geared toward our youngest children, infants through age five.

Shir Shabbat Jr. is led approximately once a month by Rabbi Schwartz during the school year. Everyone is welcome. You do not need to be a member! For more information, contact Rabbi PJ Schwartz.

Parshah and Hebrew Calendar

Congregation Shir Hadash uses the Israeli parshah calendar, rather than the Diaspora parshah calendar. This means that some years, for part of the year, we are reading parshot one week earlier than some local congregations. Looking to find the Hebrew calendar date of a particular past or future date? Please use this Hebrew calendar date conversion tool!

Volunteer at Services

We invite interested members to volunteer at our services - there are three main ways to support our services, including:

  • Services Greeter: It's so important that each person coming to services feels welcomed  with a smile and friendly greeting. This role involves arriving 15 minutes early for services and helping to greet everyone as they arrive as well as handing out the prayer books. To sign up and help in this role, please email the Ritual Team.
  • Oneg Team: This important team adds so much to the enjoyment of our Onegs after services - this team coordinates the snacks, treats, beverages, and decorations after Friday services and some Saturday services as well. To find out how you can help support the Oneg Team, please email onegcommittee@shirhadash.org.
  • Lay Leaders: Our Shir Shabbat Saturday morning services have lay cantor and lay leader volunteer opportunities as well as opportunities to chant Torah or haftorah! This is a very meaningful way to volunteer at our services - please email our Shir Shabbat chair to find out more and get involved.
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