Worship At Oak Park Temple
Meaningful, engaging, joyful worship is our goal.
Our congregation has given considerable thought as to who we are and where we are as a community in relation to our Friday night Shabbat services. A large and diverse committee composed and analyzed surveys, visited other congregations, and discussed our needs and desires so that we can make sure that our Shabbat services reflect Oak Park Temple’s creativity and diversity while still remaining true to our Jewish tradition.
There are two primary changes.
The first is our “Fourth Friday” Shabbat service, every “Fourth Friday” throughout the year. On these Friday nights our community will join together in the rotunda at 6:00pm for wine and cheese, juice and cookies and social time prior to our 6:30 service. At 6:30 we will join in either the sanctuary or chapel for a musical Shabbat service featuring classically trained guitarist Aaron Burnstein. The time of the service should allow those with small children to join us following a quick dinner at home and those who have more scheduling flexibility to have a leisurely dinner with family or friends following the service. Ideally worship should allow us private time for reflection, time for joyful communal singing, moments of restfulness and moments of exaltation. Those elements were at the forefront as this service was being planned.
The second change is our “family services” which we have re-envisioned as “Shabbat Kehillah,” Shabbat of Community. These 7:00 Shabbat services lead with the participation of our congregation’s band, Tsimmis and will be preceded by a catered dinner at 6:00 pm for everyone in the community.
I am proud of the work of our worship initiative committee and I believe that they have created wonderful communal Shabbat opportunities for us. I hope you will join Cantor Green and me in these new Shabbat experiences.
Rabbi Max Weiss
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