Celebrating Shabbat at Lakeside
We hold joyful Shabbat services with Rabbi Serotta and Cantor Davis on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Below are some of the ways we celebrate Shabbat:
Please see our Calendar section for all services schedules.
Shabbat Services - Our Friday evening services begin at 7:30 pm or 6:00 pm. Please check the calendar for details.
First Fridays: Friday Night Live Services – These services are held several times a year and usually begin at 7:30 pm. Friday Night Live services are a musical, spiritual Shabbat experience. This service is led by Rabbi Serotta and features the music of Adam Kahan and his Friday Night Live band, Kavanah.
Second Fridays: Music, the second Friday of each month, comes from our outstanding choir under the direction of Dr. Richard Boldrey and accompanied by Dr. Bill Crowle, and Cantor Michael Davis. Our choir is open to all volunteers and practices weekly. They have a repertoire that spans generations and bring a special joy to Shabbat worship. These services are often preceded by a congregational Shabbat dinner.
Third Fridays: Family Services – These Friday services are held once a month year round and generally begin at 6:00 pm. Rabbi Serotta and Cantor Davis lead these services, which last approximately forty-five minutes and feature a “family friendly” arrangement of prayer, song and story. Music is also provided by our Religious School music teacher, Adam Kahan. Family services are often followed by a family dinner.
Fourth Fridays: Services led by Rabbi Serotta and Cantor Davis at 6:00. Though these services are sometimes "just" Shabbat, they also give us an opportunity for guest speakers or other special events. They may be followed by a congregational Shabbat dinner. Please check the calendar for special events.
Summer Services – Our summer Friday Shabbat services are held at 6:00 pm, June through August. About forty-five minutes long, these services are held outside in our front garden, weather permitting.
Others – Throughout the year we have many other featured Shabbat services such as Sisterhood Shabbat in winter, Pet Blessing Shabbat in summer, and Founders’ Shabbat in spring.
Saturday morning Services - Our Saturday morning services begin at 10:30 am. When there is a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, services are in the sanctuary. On the occasional Shabbat and throughout the summer, when there are no B'nai Mitzvah, services are in our library around the table where we have studied Torah from 9:30-10:30. B'nai Mitzvah usually end around noon, when there is no B'nai Mitzvah we usually finish around 11:00 am.
The key word is celebrate – every week we celebrate on Shabbat!
For a schedule of our Shabbat services, please see our calendar of events.
Festival and Holiday services. Lakeside celebrates the Jewish Holidays as they fall in the Jewish calendar. Like most Reform congregations we celebrate with the same calendar you will find in the State of Israel. Two days for Rosh Hashanah, but only one day for Sukkot, Simhat Torah, the beginning and end of Passover, and Shavuot. We mark Yizkor at 10:30 in the morning on the last day of the festivals in a shared service with two other congregations. Check the calendar as the location moves among the three congregations.
A healing service is an opportunity for a community to gather and is made up of those who perceive a need for their own healing. It is for those who need care and those who give care. It is for anyone who feels the need for physical, spiritual or emotional healing.
A healing service is not like a Shabbat service. It is more personal, more meditative, more engaging of all our senses. A healing service is about gathering strength by ourselves and with our community. Its music is about spirit and positive feeling. Its contemplative prayers are food for the mind and body.
Please join us for healing services on the first Tuesday of each month. They begin at 6:30 pm and last about 45 minutes.