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Shabbat at Hevreh

Shabbat is an incredible, predictable spiritual event that happens 52 weeks a year. For each of these weeks, our schedule of services is as follows:

Friday, 6:15 pm — Shabbat Evening Services

Saturday, 10:00 am — Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Study

 

The B’nai Mitzvah Service begins at 10:00 am on Saturday morning

Friday

Friday, March 22

6:15 pm Shabbat Services

Shushan Purim

 

 

Friday, March 29

6:15 pm Shabbat Service

 

 

Friday, April 5

6:15 pm Shabbat Services

Sing It! A Guest Sermon by Reverend Erik Karas

 

 

Friday, April 12

6:15 pm Shabbat Services

 

 

 

Friday, April 19

6:15 pm Shabbat Services

 

 

Friday, April 26

6:15 pm Shabbat Services with Yizkor

Saturday

Saturday, March 23

10:00 am Shabbat Services and Torah Study

Parashat Tzav: Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36

 

Saturday, March 30

10:00 am Shabbat Services and the Bat Mitzvah of Aliza Munch

Parashat Shmini: Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47

 

Saturday, April 6

10:00 am Shabbat Services and Torah Study

Hagigat Torah: A Celebration of Torah  

Parashat Tazria: Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59

 

Saturday, April 13

9:00 am Tot Shabbat

10:00 am Shabbat Services and Torah Study

Parashat Metzora: Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33 

 

Saturday, April 20

10:00 am Shabbat Services and Torah Study

Shabbat shel Pesach: Exodus 12:21-51, Numbers 28:16-25

 

Saturday, April 27

10:00 am Shabbat Services and Torah Study

Shabbat shel Pesach: Exodus 13:17-15:26, Numbers 28:19-25 

 

Special Services

Sing it! A Guest Sermon from the Reverend Erik Karas

Friday, April 5 at 6:15 pm

Rev. Erik Karas is the Pastor and Rector of Christ Trinity Church in Sheffield.  Christ Trinity is a combined Episcopal and Lutheran congregation.  This combined congregation is an excellent fit for Erik as he has spent many of his 20 years in ministry involved in both ecumenical and interfaith partnerships.   Prior to serving in Sheffield, Erik served a combined church in Augusta, Maine where he worked closely with the neighboring synagogue particularly in the area of refugee welcoming, care and advocacy as more and more Iraqi and Syrian refugees moved to Augusta. 
 
Prior to the ministry, Pastor Erik was a food scientist and worked for The Coca-Cola Company where he was known as “Dr. Slurpee” for his product development work in frozen beverages.  Pastor Erik lives in Sheffield with his wife Kelly who is a JetBlue flight attendant.  Their oldest daughter is currently teaching English in South Korea and their younger daughter is a junior at the University of Maine, majoring in Social Work. 
 
The sermon is entitled Sing It!  It uses Hannah’s Song from 1 Samuel 2: 1-10 as the text and it explores the idea that the world around us has a “soundtrack” which is all too often a dark, disempowering and disheartening song.  That song plays in our heads and hearts almost unconsciously, but it affects how we live in the world.  Hannah, coming out of the Temple, chose to sing a different song!  She sang it right out loud into the face of that darkness.  And it turns out that her song of life and light is more powerful than the world’s song of darkness for one key reason.

Each year, during our Festival Services and at Yom Kippur, our community comes together to remember our departed loved ones through the brief service known as Yizkor. When we come together at Passover for Yizkor, we also dedicated those plaques on our memorial wall that have been installed since last Passover.  Please join us for this touching tribute, and then stay for Friday Shabbat evening services. 

If you would like to have a plaque installed for a loved one, please be in touch with Janet Lee

Hagigat Torah: A Celebration of Torah

Saturday, April 6th, 10 am

Join us for Shabbat morning services and Torah study. Our  Torah Trope class will be chanting Torah in celebration of their learning of Torah cantillation. 

Pesach Yizkor & Memorial Plaque Dedication 

Friday, April 26, 6:15 am

Each year, during our Festival Services and at Yom Kippur, our community comes together to remember our departed loved ones through the brief service known as Yizkor. When we come together at Passover for Yizkor, we also dedicated those plaques on our memorial wall that have been installed since last Passover.  Please join us for this touching tribute, and then stay for Friday Shabbat evening services. 

If you would like to have a plaque installed for a loved one, please be in touch with Janet Lee

About Shabbat

When was the last time you really unplugged from things and took a break? When our electronic devices constantly notify us at all hours and when our culture today pushes us to constantly go, when was the last time you really paused?

 

Our Jewish tradition calls us to Shabbat. Each Friday and Saturday, our tradition invites us to slow down so we can tune in to how we are really doing. Shabbat is that time to take stock of the week and our lives. Through meaningful prayer and song, Shabbat services give voice to our blessings and our brokenness, our longings and our achievements. In doing so, we—as a community—strive toward a touch of the sacred.

 

Shabbat at Hevreh is an incredible, inclusive alternative to the typical weekday. When we are focused on being productive during the rest of the week, Shabbat is that day in which we can focus on living. Come to Hevreh on a Friday evening and you will find others there ready and wanting to connect. We sing together, we share happy occasions together, and we are there for one another when we need a bit more care and love, because sometimes it’s just been a hard week. On Saturdays, we dance around at Tot Shabbat with some of our youngest community members, we mine meaning out of our Torah portion in our study groups, and often we celebrate with our young people as they are called to the Torah as b’nai mitzvah.

 

The word “Hevreh” means community, and we know that it takes everyone in a community to make us Hevreh. We are individuals and families. Some of us grew up Jewish, some of us chose the Jewish community on our own. We are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer and questioning. We are nursing mothers and adoptive parents. We are believers and questioners, both spiritual and religious. We are first timers, new members, and Berkshire natives. We are neighbors and friends. The Berkshires is our happy place. Hevreh is our spiritual home.

 

Shabbat is at the core of who we are as Hevreh. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel described Shabbat as a palace in time. It is our most sacred destination. Our community, set in the beauty of the Berkshires, is also a special destination–one that helps foster a sense of the Spiritual. We look forward to unplugging and spending Shabbat together.