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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, Jan 24
Joint Shabbat Services w/ Anshe Amunim 6:00 pm
(featuring Jacob “Spike” Kraus)


Friday, Jan 31
Shabbat Service 6:00 pm


Friday, Feb 7
Community Shabbat Shira 6:00 pm


Friday, Feb 14
Shabbat Service 6:00 pm


Friday, Feb 21
Shabbat Service 6:00 pm


Friday, Feb 28
Shabbat Service 6:00 pm


Saturday, Jan 25 Torah Study and Breakfast 10:00 am
Parashat Vayera: Exodus 6:2-9:35


Saturday, Feb 1 Shabbat Lab TBA 10:00 am
Parashat Bo: Exodus 10:1-13:16


Saturday, Feb 8 Tot Shabbat 9:00 am
Shabbat Service and Torah Study 10:00 am
Parashat Beshalach: Exodus 13:17−17:16


Saturday, Feb 15 Shabbat Lab TBA 10:00 am
Parashat Yitro: Exodus 18:1-20:23


Saturday, Feb 22 Torah Study and Breakfast 10:00 am
Parashat Mishpatim: Exodus 21:1−24:18


Saturday, Feb 29 Asu Li Mikdash: Make Me a Sanctuary 10:00 am
Parashat Terumah: Exodus 25:1-27:19


The Berkshire Minyan meets weekly at Hevreh on Saturday mornings for Shabbat Services at 9:30 am

Special Services

Sunday, December 22 | 5:00pm


Shabbat is an incredible, predictable spiritual event that happens 52 weeks a year. And at Hevreh, we pride ourselves on our culture of Shabbat being a time for spiritual exploration. And so, we are introducing the Saturday Shabbat Lab, our 10 am Saturday morning Shabbat experience. Each week, we will emphasize a particular aspect of Shabbat practice. We’ll focus on Torah Study, on prayer, on meditation and movement, to help us deepen our sense of rest and renewal. This isn’t anything new, this is more of what we do on Shabbat morning services. Listed on the cover is our Shabbat Lab schedule for January and February. The following descriptions provide more detail on what you can expect for each special Shabbat Lab experience.


SHABBAT MORNING AND TORAH SERVICE: Our Shabbat morning service as they have been is a blend of prayer and song, along with study and conversation. Together we will celebrate Shabbat using our prayerbook, Mishkan T’filah, and go deep on the week’s Torah portion.


TORAH STUDY AND BREAKFAST: We supply the bagels and Torah, all you need to do is bring yourselves.


CONTEMPLATIVE SHABBAT: Using a blend of chant, meditation, study, and dialogue we will use this Shabbat to find insight. All levels of meditators are welcome.


ASU LI MIKDASH: MAKE ME A SANCTUARY: Using the central command of Parashat Vayakhel, Asu Li mikdash, V’shachanti b’tocham, we’ll use a range of traditional and modern texts to unpack the meaning of sanctuary for ourselves today.


SHABBAT SINGING CIRCLE: Join us for a morning of melody and harmony, of wordless niggunim, and soaring liturgical text as we sing our way to a place of rest and contemplation, together.

Friday, January 24 | 6:00 am


Jacob “Spike” Kraus is an incredible up and coming Jewish musician, raised in the Reform Movement. Much is planned for the whole weekend, but Friday will be special: Join us for services as we combine forces with Temple Anshe Amunim. With our choir and theirs, along with Rabbi Neil Hirsch, Rabbi Jodie Gordon, and Rabbi Liz Hirsch, we are crafting a special Shabbat service. It’s the chance to be moved by a leading voice in the next generation of Jewish musicians.

Friday, February 7 | 6:00 pm


It’s Shabbat Shira— the Shabbat of Song, and we’re having a hootenanny! With our Kindergarten/1st graders participating in the service, we want to invite everyone to bring your favorite hand instrument: a drum, a tambourine, or maybe a trombone, and get ready to welcome Shabbat in joyous song! THe evening will feature an abbreviated Shabbat service, lots of singing and music making, and a delicious, free catered dinner, made possible by the Grinspoon Foundation Rekindle Shabbat grant. Oneg is sponsored by our Kindergarten/1st grade families.

Please RSVP in advance.

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.