Like much of our prayer life, Friday nights at GJC are about variety. We offer different services on different weeks, each of which has a special structure, orientation, and feel. Try them out and see how they strike you!
“I have always liked the way the GJC community comes together on Friday nights. There is a special warmth and energy when those who may pray separately on Saturday mornings all join together in singing and dancing. This service is so much a part of my life that I will not let my employer keep me late on Fridays.” – Ed Lake
Kabbalat Shabbat at GJC
This spirited service in the Maslow Auditorium is led by volunteer members who lead us in singing the psalms of Kabbalat Shabbat–and this community loves to sing! The Rabbi offers a short teaching before we move on to the Ma’ariv (evening) service, which we again sing and chant together. The service lasts approximately one hour, and the variety of melodies that members bring, the spirit of the singing, and the warmth of the community make this a wonderful way to make the transition from the work week to Shabbat.
Calling all families, children, and adults: You are invited to join us to slow down and enter the space of Shabbat together in a relaxed atmosphere. This 30-minute service combines singing, story-telling, activities, and prayer to create a meaningful and playful engagement with Shabbat for all ages, led by Rabbi Adam Zeff. All are welcome; come as you are!
This special musical service–literally, “the sound of singing”–is led in the Charry Sanctuary by Rabbi Zeff and Executive Director Nina Peskin singing in harmony, and it features new melodies and kavanot (short spiritual reflections) rather than a formal teaching. The service, which includes a drummer, invites us to enter the peaceful and reflective space of Shabbat by chanting together, hearing the sound of our voices rising up to the heavens. It lasts a little more than an hour and is followed by a wine and cheese reception in the Charry Lobby so that we can continue to connect.
Shabbat in the Neighborhood
This service and potluck meets in different members’ homes and features a song-filled Kabbalat Shabbat service and the opportunity to have Shabbat dinner and socialize together. We will publicize the location in advance, and we invite you to bring your favorite vegetarian dish and your Shabbat spirit to this informal gathering.
Rising Song Shabbat
This musically and spiritually uplifting service in the Maslow Auditorium welcomes Shabbat with nigunim (wordless melodies) and songs that open hearts and bring people together. The service lasts a little more than an hour and is led by participants and faculty of the Rising Song Jewish Music Residency, an incubator for creative Jewish musical-spiritual leaders. Focusing on beautiful old melodies nearly lost to history, as well as new compositions from today’s Jewish singing communities, we’ll collectively bring this music to life.