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Shabbat Services at WJC

Saturday morning services are split into three parts: Shacharit, Torah Service and Musaf.  

Shacharit is the name for the service that begins every day.  It starts with pesukei d’zimra (introductory psalms and prayers) and includes both the shema, with its accompanying blessings, and the Amidah.  On Shabbat, the blessings with the shema change slightly and the silent portion of the Amidah is unique to Shabbat morning.   

The Torah service is meant to be the climax of the service.  Each Saturday  morning we re-live the powerful moment at Sinai.  We go up to the Ark (the place we store our torahs) as if we are ascending Mount Sinai to receive the original Torah. We then break the weekly Torah reading into eight small sections called aliyot.  Each person or group that comes up for an aliyah is playing a part in the same play.  Each person is enacting the role of Moses going up to the Torah and bringing its wisdom to the people. 

Following the aliyot, we lift and dress our Torah and chant a haftarah. The haftarah is a weekly selection from the prophets. It comes from a time when Torah study was forbidden so the ancient teachers taught about the prophets instead.  Finally, we say a few prayers for our community and countries.  After we march the Torah home to the Ark, the rabbi or speaker teaches about a relevant topic of Judaism.  

Musaf literally means “additional.” In the days of the ancient Temple, when prayer was almost exclusively in the form of sacrifice on the alter, there was a special additional sacrifice for Shabbat called the Musaf and we continue to honor that tradition. Most of the Musaf service is a special Amidah that includes a reminder of the majesty of the Temple and the importance of Shabbat. Finally, we conclude with Ein Keloheinu, Aleinu, Mourner’s kaddish and Adon Olam.  

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