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Here at Chochmat, we have different shabbat services on different weeks to suit a variety of needs and preferences. Dress is casual or festive; Wear what makes you feel good. Some of our members choose to wear white in celebration of the Sabbath bride. Our prayerbooks are translated and transliterated—you do not need to know or read Hebrew to worship with us. Just bring yourself, your open heart, and let the Divine shine in!

We offer the following types of services, usually, on alternating weeks, though some are once a month:

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Celebratory Kabbalat Shabbat

Join us Friday evenings for the receiving of Shabbat. Connect with community and open your heart to the Divine through prayer, meditation, song and dance.

  • FIRST and THIRD Friday of each month, 7:30 pm: Celebratory Service with full band- Led by Rabbi SaraLeya Schley, Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks, Cyrise Beatty and friends An ecstatic evening of soul-soaring music! (Tot Shabbat at 6:00 pm, Vegetarian Potluck at 6:30 pm).
  • SECOND Friday of each month, 6:30 pm: Unplugged -Led by B. Yosef Schachter-Brooks and friends. Intimate prayer and Torah of Awakening teaching.

Tot Shabbat with Jen Miriam Kantor

FIRST and THIRD Friday of each month
6:00-6:30 pm

Come and sing, dance and bless with Jen Miriam Kantor! The service includes candle-lighting, sing-alongs with guitar and instruments, puppets and dancing. The service ends with Kiddush and Hamotzi. (Please join us for a dairy/vegetarian/kosher fish potluck after the service at 6:30 pm).

Davening with Rabbi SaraLeya

Learners and Participatory Minyan Saturday following the FIRST Friday of each month 10:30 am
Rabbi SaraLeya leads a renewal style service with chanting, core elements of the traditional prayers and and interactive Torah service during which we will draw out the lessons and draw down the blessing of our Torah portion. There will be explanations of the prayers and the organization of the service appropriate to those who are present. Please contact if you would like particpate or if you are ready to begin leyning from the Torah scroll!

Saturday Morning Blessing

Following the THIRD Friday of each month 10:30 am.
Continue the festive traditions of Kabbalat Shabbat into the morning. This service is led by Rabbi SaraLeya Schley, Brian Schachter-Brooks and Cyrise Beatty and the Chochmat musicians.  In this fresh and vibrant musical service, we will chant, daven and meditate to the effervescent sounds of harmonium and hand drums, hear an accessible Torah reading and create a sacred space for inner alchemy! Please bring a vegetarian/dairy/kosher fish dish to share for a post-service kiddush luncheon. We'll supply the challah and the wine!

Contemplative/Chanting Service

Saturdays following the SECOND and FOURTH Fridays of each month10:30 am
Join us Saturday mornings for this meditative service led by community members. It is designed for adults and combines both chanting and silence in an alternating sequence to resonate with your soul and connect with the Divine. (Occasionally, these dates change. Please check the calendar to confirm.)

Saturday Evening Third Meal and Havdallah Service

two hours before sundown on the Saturdays of the FIRST AND FOURTH Shabbats
Gather with Rabbi SaraLeya toward the end of Shabbat, a time of quiet contemplation and learning. There will be a meditative afternnon prayer service. We will share a light Third Meal (potluck vegetarian finger food please) while studying texts that will guide us on our soul journey of self-reflection and self-development. When 3 stars are visible, we will make Havdallah with wine, spices and candlelight. Note that times vary with the season, and families or other busy folk are welcome to come just for havdallah.


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