We hold Shabbat services every Friday and Saturday:
Fridays at 8.00pm (Chavurah suppers monthly 7.00pm) and Saturdays at 11.15 am, or 11.30am for family services. For up-to-date service details see the Events Calendar.
As a Liberal congregation, men and women sit together and all members enjoy equal participation in services.
We read from the standard Liberal Judaism service prayer book, the Siddur Lev Chadash or ‘New Heart’ prayer book. It combines the core traditional prayers with contemporary readings, poems and meditations from a variety of Jewish sources. Uniquely it also uses gender-neutral language, reflecting our egalitarian approach to prayer. We also use many transliterated prayer sheets which are especially useful for those whose Hebrew is not fluent.
Music plays an important role in our services. Singing is regularly enhanced by our volunteer choir, led by our director of music, though the whole congregation is encouraged to join in. Service styles vary – our family services, for example, can be very lively, whereas our Friday nights are often quieter and more reflective. Our members participate in all parts of the service, including Torah blessings, haftorah readings and more. We also welcome lay readers from the congregation to lead services from time to time, although most services are taken by our rabbi.
Chavurah Suppers and Kiddushim
Once a month, usually the first Friday, we hold a Chavurah supper at 7.00pm. Members are each encouraged to bring along their own informal meal which they then enjoy together after the early evening service. All Shabbat services are followed by a Kiddush, a chance for members to catch up and have a chat over some challah and wine. Special Kiddushim for specific events are often arranged and if you wish to do so please contact us.
All ages are of course welcome at all services but we do have a specific family service, usually on the first Shabbat of the month (starting at 11.30 am). This is a chance for the whole family, and the wider KLS family too, to pray, discuss the Torah reading and show off what the children have been up to at religion school. There is also a group for the littlest ones, ShabbaTots.