Shabbat Services

Shabbat

See our calendar for dates of upcoming services.

Shabbat Morning Services

We welcome visitors to our services.

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek meets every Shabbat morning for participatory services that blend traditional davvening (prayer) with lively singing, English readings, and discussions of the weekly Torah portion. We also hold occasional chanting and meditation services. Rabbi Toba Spitzer accompanies much of the service on guitar, and congregation members share in every aspect of leading the services.

We use the Reconstructionist siddur (prayerbook) Kol Haneshama, which features gender-neutral English translations, commentary and interpretations to make the traditional prayers more easily accessible, as well as supplementary readings by a wide variety of rabbis, writers, and others. All prayers recited by the entire congregation are transliterated so that people with little or no Hebrew background can participate fully. 

For families with young and school-age children, we hold monthly Tot Shabbat and Simchat Shabbat services. Dates are listed on the calendar

Got Shabbat?

Join us for this new program, for all ages and all types of interest, on five different Shabbat mornings (see schedule). “Got Shabbat?” is an opportunity for the whole community to come together and have fun, learn together and find new ways to celebrate Shabbat. Beginning together with songs and blessings, adults and kids are then invited to choose from a panoply of activities - from yoga to drumming to art midrash to text study to good old Shabbat morning services - until we gather again to read a little Torah and close the service together. Come find out if you’ve “Got Shabbat”!

Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Saturdays, 8:45am

Each month before the Shabbat morning service, we will explore the parshat hashavua, the weekly Torah portion, through the lens of commentaries both traditional and contemporary.

No prior experience in Torah study is necessary. Bring your own caffeinated beverage! 

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Friday Evening Programs

Family Erev Shabbat Services

Once a month (usually on the first Friday of the month, but check our calendar), we gather for a potluck vegetarian dinner, beginning with candle lighting at 6 pm, followed by a musical, all-ages erev Shabbat service at 6:45 pm. Storytellers needed: If you would like to tell a story at one of these services, please call Rabbi Spitzer at 617-965-0330.

Erev Shabbat Services

Special Erev Shabbat services that are more adult-oriented, often on a particular theme, are held from time to time.

You can find times for candle lighting each week here: Candle Lighting Schedule