Shabbat Services

Shabbat Services

Shabbat is considered a festive day, when a person is freed from the regular labors of everyday life, can contemplate the spiritual aspects of life, and spend time with family. On Shabbat, you are welcome to join us at Har Zion Temple to share in the rich life of our Jewish community.

Please check the congregational calendar for specific services and times.

Friday Evening

Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 PM

Welcome Shabbat every Friday evening with your Har Zion Temple community. Our Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat evening services are participatory, user-friendly and filled with singing. Sometimes we offer a Shabbat dinner following services and we encourage you to look for announcements in the Har Zion Bulletin, E-highlights or on our website for details.

Kol Zimra (The Voice of Song) – Instrumental Service

On the second Friday of each month we will come together to welcome Shabbat accompanied by joyous singing and prayer with instruments. Come lend your voice and your musical abilities to this experience.

Shabbat Sha-Blue Jeans – Friday Night Family Service and Dinner

Shabbat Sha-Blue Jeans is a monthly opportunity to welcome Shabbat with prayer, singing, dancing and dinner! Join us at 5:30 PM on the first Friday of every month, for a lively musical service and a delicious dinner with options for kids and adults. Geared for families with children, from infants to six years old, but families of all ages are welcome. Jeans and casual clothes encouraged. Reservations required.

Joy of Shabbat Dinner

Join us once a month for a relaxed and casual home-cooked Shabbat dinner following 6:00 PM Friday evening services. BYOB (Kosher) – All are welcome! Reservations required. $10/adult, $5/child under 13.

Oneg Shabbat

A monthly opportunity to greet one another and join together for a l’chaim and nosh after Friday evening services.

Saturday Morning

Kol Tefilah (The Voice of Prayer) – Sanctuary Service – 9:30 AM

Join us Shabbat mornings at 9:30 AM for the traditional prayer experience.  We offer an egalitarian Shabbat morning service that celebrates the full range of lifecycle events. Our community embraces all of those who want to share in the joy of Baby Namings, wedding anniversaries, birthdays and B’nai and B’not Mitvah. We are also there to support those members who are observing the yahrzeits of loved ones. If you would like to have an aliyah, please contact the clergy office.

Kol Mishpacha (The Voice of Family) – Shabbat Morning Family Service

Come celebrate as a whole family to sing, dance, play, and explore Shabbat together. Beginning 11:15 AM every other Shabbat morning, our service will focus on the joy of Shabbat and being together as family. We will have our own Kiddush before joining the rest of the congregation for refreshments and socializing.

Junior Congregation

Designed for our children in grades 1-7, this service aims to get our children comfortable with the Shabbat service by active participation using our very own kid-friendly Siddur. Children will pray, learn, laugh and love being in shul. Once a month at 10:45 AM in the Dogole Chapel.

Family Service – 10:45 AM

Join us as we learn the Shabbat morning service, laugh a little, play a little, and pray a little. Join us for Kiddush and games on the basketball court afterwards.

Parashat Hashavua (Shabbat Torah Study) 10:45 AM

At 10:45 AM twice monthly, there will be an opportunity to study the weekly Torah portion with teachers including our Clergy and others.

Parasha and Popems

For children in Kindergarten through 7th grade

At 10:45 AM, once a month, we invite our elementary school age students to come and learn the weekly parasha through games, drama and discussion​. Enjoy hanging out with friends noshing on a donut and learning some Torah, too. Following the congregational Kiddish, we will play basketball or appropriate indoor games as well.

Nosh with Norman

For our post Bar/Bat Mitzvah students

At 10:45 AM once a month, in a relaxed, casual atmosphere, we will not only pick apart the challah in front of us, but also pick apart the Jewish headlines and current events of the day. And, along with pulling apart the layers of our Oreos, we will dissect the layers of the weekly Torah portion and “get into it.” Join us for Kiddush and games on the basketball court afterwards.


When there is a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, babysitting takes place every week beginning at 9:30 AM.

Shabbat Afternoon

Parents and Kids Together

Second Saturday of the month, an hour before Minha for 5th grade and above.

Are your kids looking for a way to do Shabbat but sleep in on Saturday morning? If so, here is a new opportunity for you! This new Shabbat afternoon program is for parents and children to learn together. We will gather and sit around a table to eat a light Seudah Shlishit (late Shabbat meal), read and discuss some wisdom from rabbinic narrative sources, and enjoy each other’s company. We will then join the congregation for Minha through Havdalah.

The ideal age range for this is 5th grade and above, but all are welcome!

Teen Dessert and Discussion 8:00 PM once a month

For our post Bar/Bat Mitzvah students

Join us once a month on Friday evening at 8:00 PM for stimulating conversation and delicious desserts. Refreshments provided.

Minha and Ma’ariv Services

Every Shabbat we start Minha at the same time as candle lighting the night before (Friday). Minha/Ma’ariv includes Torah reading, a brief study session, the evening service and the beautiful Havdalah ceremony that brings Shabbat to a conclusion.

Talmud Class

Study Talmud in the Rudofker Library one hour before Minha.

Minha Study Session

Join the Har Zion Clergy for brief study between Minha and Ma’ariv.



Sunday @ 9 AM
Monday and Thursday @ 6:50 AM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday @ 7 AM
Evening minyanim @ 6 PM

For Rosh Hodesh and holiday times, please check our calendar.

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