A Palace in Time - our vision for Shabbat

"A palace in time" is what Abraham Joshua Heschel has called the Sabbath. What does he mean by this?  He claims, "All week, we may ponder and worry whether we are rich or poor, whether we succeed or fail in our occupations; whether we accomplish or fall short of reaching our goals. But who could feel distressed when gazing at . . . eternity, except to feel startled at the vanity of being so distressed." Heschel reminds us that Shabbat is here to lift us up from the worries and pain of our life, to infuse our lives with peace and hope and joy.

A reflection on Shabbat and ritual from Daniel Gordis: Ritual as a source of connectedness

Friday evening Shabbat services

At Rodef Sholom, our intention is to create a worship experience that offers meaning to a wide range of ages and experience.  We pray together at different times throughout each month to reflect the diversity of our congregation, with different emphases and teachers. On most Fridays we start with wine and a nosh at 5:45 pm, followed by Shabbat services at 6:15 pm (the exception is on the third Friday of every month, when we offer a 7:30 pm service).

First Fridays

  • Junior Jews: On the first Friday of every month, families with young children ages 0 - 6 gather in the Sanctuary at 5:00 pm for some rockin' music, fun and friendship. Following music and candle lighting with the rabbis, you will have the opportunity to stay for our community Shabbat services at 6:15 pm. While you're enjoying services, babysitting will be available for your little ones (ages 3 - 6) in the JCC Gallery.

  • Shabbat Club (for kids in grades 2nd - 5th):  During our First Friday Shabbat service during the school year, we are offering a shortened Shabbat service for kids too old for childcare but too antsy for regular Shabbat services. Kids will start the evening with their families in the sanctuary, and then at the Bar’chu, be invited to join Rachel Altfeld, our Director of Youth Engagement, and several teens in the JCC Lounge for their own kid-friendly Shabbat service and social time. Kids will then re-join their families in the sanctuary for Kiddush and dinner afterward. No need to RSVP. 

  • Shabbat Unplugged:  On select First Fridays throughout the year, we hold a post-dinner song session starting at around 8:30 or 9:00 pm, either at Rodef Sholom, the Osher Marin JCC, or at a congregant's home. Congregants and their friends bring their voices and musical instruments to jam along with our artist-in-residence, Dan Nichols, when he is in town.  Check the calendar for dates, and RSVP here for the next Shabbat Unplugged.

Third Fridays throughout the year:  7:30 pm Service*
On the third Friday of each month, we have a later service at 7:30 pm, followed by a sweet oneg. Periodically these services will be preceded by an adults-only dinner – check our calendar for details.

Saturday morning Shabbat Services – saturdays at 10:30 am

Shabbat morning services are always preceded by some form of Torah study, either Torah with Soul at 9:00 am or Torah on the Trails at 8:30 am.  Click here to be added to the email list for Torah study.

All are welcome to our Saturday Shabbat Services. They are followed by a community kiddush that the congregation is always welcome to attend. Most Shabbat services include b'nai mitzvah, which we view as a community event.