Shabbat Services

We are a large synagogue community which seeks to create smaller spiritual niches to serve the diverse needs of those who daven/pray/study with us. 

To confirm service times and details, check the listing to the right or our calendar

Kabbalat Shabbat

Every Friday night, conclude the work week and recharge your spirit as we warmly welcome Shabbat together. Occasionally, we have Kabbalat Shabbat at the Floor service, a family service, or a Shabbat dinner in conjunction with Kabbalat Shabbat. 

Shabbat Morning Services

Sanctuary Service

Every Shabbat and holiday beginning at 8:45 am, our Sanctuary Service offers music, energy and inspiration. Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl leads a complete Shabbat experience. Cantor Sidney Ezer leads Shaharit and Musaf, with varied music each week, including new arrangements of traditional pieces as well as beloved singable melodies. Rav Baruch Frydman-Kohl offers insights into Torah, tradition and contemporary life. Reverend Lorne Hanick and Cantor Sidney Ezer lead the preliminary service and are joined by a cadre of Torah readers/ba’alei keriyah to chant the weekly Torah portions. Join our special musical and spiritual davening. Lift your soul in prayer as you sing along, or close your eyes in meditation and be carried away by the magnificent harmonic sounds of our extraordinary Shabbat morning service.

Little Minyan

Our Little Minyan offers a traditional service in a welcoming, relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere for those looking to be more actively involved in the worship experience. In partnership with Cantor Sidney, participants lead portions of the service, read Torah and Haftarah, and share Torah insights. Torah readers, daveners, and those wishing to give a D’var Torah are always welcome and are offered skills, support and encouragement. Come to participate or simply to experience a Shabbat morning service full of song, spirit and warmth. Contact Cantor Sidney or Lorne Hanick for mp3 files to learn to lead or sing along with the service. The Little Minyan meets from September to June, beginning at 9:30 am.

Family Service

One Shabbat each month from October through June, children, parents and grandparents gather for these participatory services. The service is led by Yacov Fruchter, Director of Community Building and Spiritual Engagement, together with our Youth Director, and the families and children who attend. Included is a monthly birthday blessing and an aliyah for all birthday celebrants. Families are invited to join us for a complimentary luncheon in the Lower Hall following the service. The Family Service starts at 10:30 am.

Junior Congregation

Youth ages 10 to 12 gather every Shabbat and Yom Tov (between September and June (except when there is a Family Service and over the December school break). This service provides youth with an opportunity to connect with Shabbat, develop their prayer skills and knowledge and make new friends. Junior Congregation meets from 10:30 am until 12:00 noon.

Li'l Minyans

Every Shabbat and Yom Tov between September and June (except when there is a Family Service and over the December school break), children ages 6 to 9 have the chance to engage in fun Shabbat activities, challenge themselves, and spend time learning with Maayan and Ishay, our Israeli Young Emissaries (shinshinim). From 9:30 am until 12:00 noon.

Shabbat Afternoon/Evening Services

Shabbat afternoon services are held late in the afternoon or early evening,  followed by  ma’ariv and havdalah. From Sukkot through Shavuot  we include a light meal (Seudah Shlisheet) with singing and study between the two services. 

Request a Mi sheberakh for Illness

To request a mi sheberakh (a healing prayer) to be recited in shul for someone who is ill, please tell us for whom the prayer will be recited and give us that person's Hebrew name with the name of the mother. If you don't have the mother's name, give us the father's name. And if you don't have the Hebrew names of either parent, just give us the English name of the person for whom the blessing will be recited. Please give us your name and phone number so we can contact you with any questions. Please send this information to Florence Bendelac or call 416-781-3511.