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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, 5:45 pm — Kabbalat Shabbat Services

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

 

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

Friday

Friday, Oct 11
Shabbat Service 5:45 pm

 

Friday, Oct 18
Shabbat Service 5:45 pm
Scholar-in-Residence with Rabbi Sonja Pilz

 

Friday, Oct 25 Shabbat Service 5:45 pm

Saturday

Saturday, Oct 12
Shabbat Service and Torah Study 10:00 am
Parashat Ha’azinu: Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52

 

Saturday, Oct 19
Shabbat Service and Torah Study 10:00 am
Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot: Exodus 33:12-34:26

 

Saturday, Oct 26
Shabbat Service and Torah Study 10:00 am
Parashat B’reishit: Genesis 1:1-6:8

Special Services

Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October 19

SACRED SPACES: SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE, RABBI SONJA K. PILZ, PHD

Sukkot invites us to consider the holiness found in space: we build a temporary, fragile dwelling as a way of teaching ourselves that holiness is found within. Over the course of Shabbat Sukkot, we’ll have three unique occasions to learn from, and with, Rabbi Pilz.

Friday, October 18

 

5:45pm: Yizkor, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat services. Rabbi Pilz will be speaking during Shabbat services.

 

7:30pm-9pm: Dinner & Creative Liturgy Workshop with Rabbi Pilz (RSVP encouraged) “Writing A Blessing for Your Home”.

Saturday, October 19

 

10am: Shabbat morning service & Torah Study

 

11:45am-1:15pm: Kiddush Lunch & Talk with Rabbi Pilz “Paradigms and Practices: Jewish Sacred Spaces

Sunday, October 20, 5:30 pm

SCONSECRATION & SIMCHAT TORAH CELEBRATION

At the end of Sukkot, join Hevreh to bless our newest additions to the Religious School and this year’s B’nai Mitzvah class. Together we’ll read the last verse followed by the first verse of Torah, as well as sing and dance. This festive occasion marks milestones for students in our Religious School and all are invited to take part in an evening of simchot!

 

All are invited for a casual pizza dinner at 5 pm.

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.