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Friday Night Services

The Friday night service is split into two parts: Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv.

Kabbalat Shabbat is a service that was added in the middle ages. It comes out of the kabbalistic movement. The format of the service is six psalms symbolizing each of the days of the work week. Then we pause before the liturgical gem that is l’cha dodi. 

L’cha dodi imagines that Shabbat is a beautiful bride from whom the people of Israel have been separated for a whole week. Each verse of L’cha dodi evokes a different kabbalistic aspect of God. It concludes as we face the door and welcome the Shabbat bride in our service. If someone is in shiva (the first seven days of mourning), they do not enter the service until after this prayer.

Kabbalat Shabbat concludes with two psalms that represent the day of Shabbat and mourner’s kaddish.  Kabbalat Shabbat became so popular that often the entire Friday night service is referred to as Kabbalat Shabbat even though it is technically only the first half.  At WJC, we do a selection of the prayers that compose this beautiful service.   

Ma’ariv is the name for the daily evening service. It includes the Shema with its accompanying blessings and a silent Amidah (personal prayer).  The Shabbat Ma’ariv service includes v’shamru (the paragraph in the Torah that tells us to protect Shabbat) and a few prayers after the Amidah. It is the custom at WJC for the rabbi to teach a little about the week’s parashah or some relevant topic of Judaism during this service.  

Celebrate your next Shabbat with us.

Friday Night

Candle Lighting
: 5:26p
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
: 6:00p
The Louise Hatami Shabbat Across America
: 6:00p

Shabbat Day

Shabbat Service
: 9:00a
: 6:35p
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Sat, February 22 2020 27 Shevat 5780