Our Shabbat worship service is central to the life of our community.  If it’s your first time joining us for worship on Shabbat morning, you’ll probably have a few questions about what to expect.  A shabbat service is a way to connect with the larger Jewish community and experience the beauty of biblical traditions. Most services are on Saturdays except for Holidays.  Check our website for these dates and times.
 

Step One: Getting Settled

What do people wear?

Most people come to our services “dress casual,” but you’ll notice variety in what people wear.  So, relax, you’ll look just fine! 

What will I find as I walk in?

A Siddur (Prayer Book) contains Hebrew, and English translation of prayers that are recited during the service.  However, the entire service is also on the overhead screens.  You don’t have to read or speak Hebrew.  Just follow in the English.

Kippahs (traditionally for men).  A kippah is a reminder that God is above, and a sign of submission to Him.

Tallits traditionally most people own their own tallis however there are some available in the back.  It is a prayer shawl that temporally follows the instruction to add fringes (tzitzit) to the 4 corners of these (Numbers 15:38, Deuteronomy 22:12).

Is childcare available for babies and toddlers?

Yes, the nursery opens before the service starts and it is available every Shabbat throughout the entire service for babies and toddlers, ages 0-2.  Children 3+ participate in the main service until they are dismissed after the Torah procession.  Our Children’s program includes Bible teaching, memory verses, crafts, and fun.

How long is the service?

It lasts about 1 1/2 hours.
 
Step Two: Understanding the Service
 
How do I follow the service?

The overhead screens projected at the front of the sanctuary is the simplest place to start.  It contains transliteration and translation of Hebrew words, song lyrics, Scripture readings, message outlines, and other helpful directions.

We repeat many of our liturgies from week to week so that you will become more familiar as you visit more often.
 
What is the outline of the service?

Although our services are a little different each week, you will find that the outline of the service is consistent:

The Shema (Hear O Israel!)

Worship Music

The Amidah (Standing Prayer)

The Torah Service 

(Readings from the Torah, Prophets, and New Covenant)

Drash (Sermon)

The Mourners Kaddish

Closing Prayers

 

What is the etiquette during the service?

Singing and Praying.  Join in with Hebrew and English songs and prayers as much, or as little, as you feel comfortable.  The “lai, lai, lai’s” aren’t difficult!  We ask that you not play musical instruments such as tambourines or shofars from the audience. 

Standing and Bowing.  We stand a lot during worship.  There will be clear cues for you during specific portions of the service.  You will notice many people bowing as an act of reverence before the Lord.  If this is unfamiliar to you, do not feel obligated to bow.  You’ll get the hang of it over time!

Dancing.  We incorporate Israeli-style folk dance as a worship.  Please join us if you are able.
 

What is the significance of the Torah Processional and what should I do during it?

After the Torah scrolls are removed from the ark, they are processed around the sanctuary.  For us, the Torah Scroll is a visible reminder of the entirety of God’s Word , as well as Yeshua, “the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).  When the Torah goes out into the congregation, you are invited to come out to the aisles.  When it passes by you, you are welcome (but not obligated) to reach out to touch the Torah mantle with your fingers, Bible or Siddur, and then bring it to your lips as a sign of love and devotion to the Lord.  This is an application of Psalm 119:103, which calls God’s word “sweet as honey to the lips.”  

You are encouraged to continually face the Torah Scroll as it makes its way around the sanctuary and back up to the bimah.

What is the Mourner’s Kaddish that is recited at the end of the service?
The Mourner’s Kaddish is a prayer traditionally recited by those mourning the loss of a close family member. The beauty of the prayer is that it never mentions death or sadness; rather, it is packed full of words that exalt God.  By praying it, we publicly affirm that even in the midst of sadness and loss, we will not lose faith in God’s sovereignty, power, and goodness. Feel free to stand during the Mourner’s Kaddish if you are mourning the loss of a loved one. 
How can you partner with Adat?
Most importantly you can partner with Adat through prayer. We do not require membership dues or tickets for holiday services. We are finically supported by the tithes and offerings of our regular attendees and members.
 
Step Three: Getting Connected
 

How can I meet people?

Join us after services for some light refreshments, and get to know people. You can also join us for our torah study or a class starting at 1:00pm
 
How can I learn about upcoming events?
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, turn in a Connect Card at the back to join our online community and be added to our mailing list.
 
What are the meanings of some Hebrew words I’ll encounter in the service?
Bimah: Raised platform at the front of the sanctuary and/or the table on which the Torah is read
B’rit Chadashah: New Testament
G-d/L-rd “God”/“Lord”: written respectfully.
Haftarah: Weekly reading from the biblical Prophets.
Kiddush & Motzi: Special blessings said over bread and wine.
Parashah: Weekly reading from the Torah
Ruach HaKodesh: Holy Spirit
Shabbat: Sabbath, Saturday
Shalom: Peace, Hello, Goodbye
Siddur: Prayer book
Tanakh: The Old Testament
Torah: First five books of the Bible.
Tzedakah Box: Offering box located at the back of the sanctuary for tithes, offerings, and connect cards.
Yeshua: Jesus