Our worship reflects and respects the diversity of practice that exists in both current and historic expressions of Jewish religious life. We value the variety of backgrounds from which our members come, and the diversity of practice that is part of their day-to-day lives. Our worship services attempt to welcome and engage the newcomer and old-timer and everyone in between.
Our egalitarian worship services, led by our Rabbis, Cantor, and Rabbinic Interns, are conducted in both Hebrew and English; transliterations are part of our prayerbook. Our worship is inclusive, participatory, musical and uplifting. Visitors invariably comment that they hope to join us again for worship.
Every Friday evening at BHS Erev Shabbat Services—prior to chanting the Aleinu—we sing a version of the Mi Shebeirach for Refuah – the Prayer for emotional and/or physical Healing. Rabbi Lippe, Rabbi Kane, or the service leader, reads the names of people whose loved ones want them called to mind during this powerful prayer. If you would like to include your own name or the name of a loved one, please email or call the synagogue office and let us know by the Thursday before Shabbat. It is our custom to read aloud a person’s English and/or Hebrew name, the latter providing a level of both tradition and anonymity for those who desire. To respect the privacy of others, we request that you ask permission before submitting someone else’s name to be announced. Beginning July 3rd, 2015, names will be maintained on our Healing Prayers List for six weeks. If you would like the name taken off the list earlier, or maintained for an additional number of weeks, please email or call Amy Leszman: firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-522-2070 ext. 124.
Live Stream Services
Click here to watch our live-streaming services. BHS broadcasts Shabbat Services every Friday evening at 6:30pm and beginning in 2014 offers streaming for all of our High Holy Days services at Plymouth Church.
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Shabbat Evening Services
Each week, we gather for Friday evening services in our sanctuary, and Saturday morning Torah Study (Chavurah) in our library. Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are celebrated at Shabbat morning Torah services in our Sanctuary on many Saturdays. Several times each year the Rabbi leads informal Shabbat morning services geared especially to 4th-6th graders and their families. Festival services are held in our sanctuary throughout the year. More information on our Family Shabbats can be found on our Religious School Shabbat page or Parenting Center page for Tot Shabbat and event for our youngest members.
Our egalitarian Friday evening Shabbat services, led by our Rabbi and our Rabbinic and Cantorial Interns, begin at 6:30 p.m. in the simple beauty of our Jerusalem stone and pear-wood Sanctuary.
First Shabbat: The 1st Friday of each month during the school year. Shabbat B’Yachad (Shabbat Together)- a family-oriented service led, in part, by our Religious School classes. Worship is followed by a potluck dinner open to the community.
Childcare is provided from 6:30pm to the end of services year round.
Second Shabbat/Sermon Series: Our annual sermons series from Rabbi Lippe on select second Shabbats.
Shir Shabbat with Simcha Blessings: Share your joys (birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, graduations, new jobs) with the community on the third Friday of most months. Cantor Ruben and the BHS Band lead a joyful musical service. Check the website calendar for dates.
The Other Friday Night: A Shabbat experience for young professionals. 6:30pm wine, beer, tea and appetizers.
7pm organically inspired musical Shabbat service #theotherfridaynight
- September 15, 2017
- October 27, 2017
- November 17, 2017
- December 22, 2017
- January 26, 2018
- March 23, 2018
- April 27, 2018
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During the summer months, Friday evening Shabbat services are often lay-led. Our members are encouraged to sign up to lead summer services. The Rabbi and Cantorial Intern are available to help you prepare to be a summer service leader. Recent B’nai Mitzvah and Confirmands are strongly encouraged to sign up.
Check out our calendar to see who is leading each week.
Shabbat morning Chavurah meets in our Library, led by Rabbi Hara Person, Rabbi Lippe, Rabbi Molly Kane, or one of several local rabbis. A brief prayer service is followed by an extended and spirited discussion of the weekly Torah portion. Coffee, juice, bagels and pastries are served.
The weekly Torah portion (parasha) is read in English, paragraph by paragraph, with many pauses for discussion. Everyone present is welcome to contribute questions, ideas, reflections, concerns. Discussion is varied and is driven entirely by those present. From the scholarly–the way a word is written in the plural when it seems as if it should be singular, a rabbinic commentator’s thoughts—to the political, including the power of contemporary political events to bring new meaning to an ancient text—to the personal— all discussion expands on the parasha’s theme. The atmosphere is one of camaraderie with everyone learning from Torah, and from each other. Bring your own favorite chumash (English Torah translation and commentary), or use one of ours, including the recently published URJ Torah: A Women’s Commentary.
On many Saturday mornings from September through June, we celebrate the coming of age of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, at Shabbat morning services, including Torah reading in our Sanctuary beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Family Services
On four or five Shabbat mornings throughout the year, Rabbi Lippe leads a Shabbat morning service and Torah reading in the Sanctuary that is geared especially for families with students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades of our Religious School, but open to the entire community. The service begins at 10:30am and concludes at noon. A light nosh is available just before services begin.
Friday Mornings, 11:00 am
Rabbi Lippe, Fred the Frog, and Nod the Dragon lead a weekly half-hour of song and blessings to welcome Shabbat including table blessings on grape juice, and challah, on most Friday mornings from September through June. Welcoming Shabbat is appropriate for infants and toddlers accompanied by a parent, grandparent or care-giver. CD’s of Welcoming Shabbat prayers and songs are available in the synagogue office to continue the tradition at home.
First Saturday of each month, 9:30 am
Join Lauren Dubin for a fun-filled hour of song, prayer, storytelling, activities and noshing. For 2-5 year olds and their families. Concludes by 10:30 am with a kiddush of grape juice, challah and cookies.
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