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Shir Ami Offers Different Styles of Shabbat Worship

Below you'll find a listing of our varied Shabbat experiences.  During the COVID pandemic we celebrate Shabbat virtually with services every Friday at 6:15. 
Look to the weekly Shabbat email for updates and further information.

Other community options will resume once it's safe to do so.

Our Reform prayerbook for Shabbat, Mishkan T'filah, is available online in a convenient PDF flip book format. 

Please click here for the CCAR link.


6:15 p.m. Friday Evening ZOOM Shabbat
While we are all home and social distancing from our Shir Ami community, we offering weekly virtual Shabbat services.  Table/Candle blessings begin at 6:15pm and services begin at 6:30.  Join us for music, prayer, a sermon and a sense of togetherness.  This service is approximately an hour.  Zoom links are provided for congregants in the weekly Shir Ami E-News.


6:30 p.m. Most first Fridays of the month
We utilize Visual T’filah once a month to engage our children and their families and help them connect to the joy and beauty of Shabbat. All prayers are projected onto a screen and the service incorporates contemporary “camp style” music played on guitar. We offer birthday and anniversary blessings during this service and Rabbi Briskin often shares a story. During the school year, members of a religious school class participate. Following the service, we often provide a light pizza and pasta supper that is either complimentary or offered at a nominal cost, as well as a traditional oneg Shabbat with pastries, fruit and other desserts.

SHABBAT SERVICE featuring the Shir Ami Choir

7:30 p.m. Most second Fridays of the month
Our traditional Shabbat liturgy from our siddur (prayer book), Mishkan T’filah is enhanced by the voices of our 20+ person strong volunteer choir. Each month, Cantor Kohlbrenner introduces new pieces of music or returns to familiar favorites for our choir to sing. Our choir helps raise the voices of the entire congregation.

SHABBAT SERVICE featuring Torah reading

7:30 p.m. Most third Fridays of the month
Once each month we provide a traditional Shabbat liturgy and include a brief Torah service. By reading a few verses of Torah on Friday night (in addition to Saturday morning at Chevrat Torah), members of our community who are unable to join us regularly on Shabbat morning are given the opportunity to hear words of Torah more regularly throughout the year. We invite members of the congregation to read from the Torah, and we give honors to other members of the community.

TRADITIONAL Shabbat Service

7:30 p.m. Most fourth Fridays of the month
On the Friday nights when we don’t have a special program, we offer a traditional Shabbat service with a sermon or D’var Torah. Periodically (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Memorial Day Weekend—which coincide with the fourth Friday of the month) our service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Details for services generally are available in our monthly Shiron, weekly E-news, and the calendar featured on our website.

Special SHIR SHABBAT Musical Service:

7:30 p.m. On a fourth Friday, 4 to 6 times during the year
Shir Shabbat utilizes the musical skills of a regular group of our instrumentalists and vocalists who provide a different style of music each time they play. We have presented Klezmer Shabbat, Jazz Shabbat, Broadway Shabbat even "A Very Grateful Shabbat" (to the music of the Grateful Dead).  These unique, musical services are a big part of Shir Ami living up to its name.

SUMMER Shabbat Service:

We take the opportunity during the summer months to experiment with different worship styles. Some services are at 6:30 p.m. others at 7:30 p.m. We gather in the Steven Atrium or the Elliot M. Strom Chapel. Members of our congregation often take a more active role by lending their musical skills, or by offering a D’var Torah or another reflection for Shabbat. Summer services are led by either Rabbi Briskin or Cantor Kohlbrenner (or both, several times during the summer). Show here, a special service held on the sands of the Jersey Shore.

Shabbat Mornings:  Chevrat Torah

Chevrat Torah, or Friends of Torah, began in 1995 to allow congregants a more casual, interactive alternative to a more formal Shabbat morning service and continues today on the same principles: Eat, Sing, Pray, and Learn!

We meet in the Family Life Center every Shabbat morning at 10:15 sharing bagels, coffee/tea and good conversation to start the day together. In the more intimate space of the FLC, you will hear new and old melodies fill the air. Using the Mishkan Tefilah prayerbook, various clergy leaders bring us readings each week.  At the close of the prayer service, we gather to study and comment on the week’s Torah portion, with lively discussions, questions, and varying opinions filling the room.  Typically we end at noon and are off to enjoy the rest of Shabbat. Chevrat Torah has become the “regular” service for many on Saturday mornings. It is a welcoming space where you can participate in the Torah service and study at you own pace in a very relaxed atmosphere. We invite you to join us when you are able and make some new friends or see some of your current ones. We are proud to say that we have not missed having a full minyan since we began and we would love to add your presence to a Chevrat Torah minyan in the future.

Shabbat Mornings:  Walking/Running Group

Shir Ami's Running/Walking Group meets on Shabbat mornings at Washington Crossing State Park (there is a parking lot on the left just over the bridge past Dunkin' Donuts located on General Washington Memorial Blvd) . We begin at 8:00am for a word of Torah, a chance to connect/reconnect with each other and to enjoy a nosh of challah. We then head out on the towpath for a run/walk at which everyone moves at their own pace. This is a casual morning where we can energize our minds, bodies and souls! Individuals of all ages/levels of experience are encouraged to join us. The path is stroller accessible for those families with young children and please feel free to bring your dogs and other pets, as long as they are properly restrained.

Our group generally meets two Shabbatot a month in January, February, March, September, October, November and December. We meet every Shabbat in April, May, June, July and August. Please confirm precise dates via the weekly E-News, Shiron, or via the Shir Ami calendar.

Mon, October 18 2021 12 Cheshvan 5782