“Prayer provides space and time to step away from the busy-ness of our lives. It gives us opportunities for self-reflection while attaching ourselves to the majesty of Jewish history. Tefillah attunes us to the miraculous universe, as we affirm core covenantal commitments. Worship is directed to God, while inspiring us to ethical actions in the world around us. Melody, memory and mindful study sustain us in our personal lows and stimulate us to aspire to spiritual heights.” – Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Beth Tzedec provides a wonderful opportunity to come together for prayer and spiritual renewal in a warm, inspirational environment. Weekday, Shabbat and holiday services offer an opportunity for people of all ages to become a community. Whether in Sanctuary or Chapel, formal worship or Little Minyan, Family or Youth services, everyone is encouraged to participate, whether in Hebrew or English.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel taught that, “The primary purpose of prayer is not to make requests. The primary purpose is to praise, to sing, to chant. Because the essence of prayer is a song, and [humans] cannot live without a song.”
We want you to give voice to the songs of your heart and the chants of our tradition.
In addition to prayers and songs, every Beth Tzedec service contains a D'var Torah (short teaching) or a derashah (sermon) — an intellectual opportunity to impart classical ideas from our Torah tradition, provide a new way to conceptualize something you already knew, or simply to challenge your thinking. Our Rabbis, H̱azzanim and Ritual Director are steeped in traditional and contemporary aspects of Torah and inspire a thoughtful love of Judaism through their teaching.