At CST, every Shabbat contains at least one Friday night and one Saturday morning prayer opportunity (except on Isaac Meyer Wise Shabbat during Passover)
6:15 p.m., Friday night
Designed for the “Power Prayer” while still offering our unique Shir Tikvah spirituality, these services last only forty-five minutes so that by 7:00 p.m. you can head home or out to eat for Shabbat dinner. They are preceded, beginning around 5:50 p.m., with a “Preneg”: a light snack to tide you over until dinner. There is no oneg after services.
7:15 p.m., Friday night
This service is called our Music Shabbat. Full of singing, dancing, and Shabbat warmth, these services are informal, high-energy, and perfect for both adults and children.
7:45 p.m., Friday night
Geared toward adults (though open to children as well), the 7:45 p.m. service contains more liturgy than the other services and an in-depth sermon or Torah discussion. These services are followed by a lengthy oneg (literally, “joy”): time to eat wonderful delicacies and to schmooze with your fellow CST congregants.
10:00 a.m., Saturday morning
Sometimes these services are led by our bar/bat mitzvah young adults, offering an incredible opportunity to see the in-depth training Shir Tikvah offers its Family Education students and the wonderful individuality that each 13-year-old brings to prayer and Torah study. At other times, these services offer an intimate prayer experience that contain all the warmth and spirituality that people come to expect from Congregation Shir Tikvah.
10:00 a.m., Saturday morning-Usually the first Saturday of the month
Join Yogi Brian Granader of Red Lotus Yoga and Rabbi Arnie for a Shabbat Yoga Service. We will combine elements of the Shabbat morning service with a Yoga practice. Come and experience how deeply Shabbat and Judaism mesh with Yoga. Wear loose fitting clothes and bring a mat if you have one. This will be an all levels practice. No experience necessary, with an option of using a chair or yoga mat.
10:00 a.m., Saturday morning-Usually the third Saturday of the month
The retreat that became a service!! Come join us as we bring meditation to Shabbat morning at shul. We will spend an hour and a half finding peace by quieting ourselves through prayer and meditation - connecting to where God lives in each of us; feeling embraced…. and held….. and rocked…..
Family Shabbat Services (various times and days)
“Family Service” is code for a prayer experience geared toward children 8 years old and younger and their families. Full of music, movement, and age-appropriate teaching, these services are either scheduled for Friday nights at 6:15 p.m. or Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. In either case, they are marked as “Family Shabbat services,” and last approximately 30 minutes.