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Minyan Update

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  1. Friends,

    For many years Har Shalom has provided a daily minyan for prayer and for those who are reciting Kaddish. These services provide meaningful time for individual reflection as well as comfort to those seeking community in times of loss as well as celebration.

    I believe it is our sacred responsibility as a congregational family to make sure that there is a dependable minyan at Har Shalom on a regular basis. I want the secular year of 2020 to be a time for us to refocus on the priority of supporting our various minyanim. I call for 2020 to be a time to rediscover the meaning of communal prayer in our lives, as well as the obligation to support those among us who need a minyan to remember their loved ones. Names of those whose yahrzeits occur that day are read out loud at every service, and if there are 10 Jewish adults present, the Mourner’s Kaddish is recited. (Please see below for important information about Har Shalom’s minyan schedule.)

    In an effort to further bolster participation, I will be offering a five week crash course in Hebrew reading. On each of the Sundays during the month of March, the class will meet from 10:00-11:30 AM, and will assume no prior knowledge of Hebrew reading. All are welcome to attend, free of charge. Please register for the class here.

    Prayer in Judaism is considered a mitzvah, a sacred obligation, and it has ramifications for our relationship with God as well as our duties to our fellow congregants. Please make a commitment to increase your minyan attendance in whatever way possible. Your presence is needed, and you will always be warmly welcomed.

    L’shalom,

    Rabbi Adam Raskin

Minyan Schedule

*Beginning the week of, February 3rd, the minyan that meets on Monday and Thursday mornings will begin at 7:00 AM (this is a change from the prior start time of 6:45 AM). This minyan lasts approximately 40 minutes, and includes a short Torah reading. A light breakfast will be served following these services.

*Sunday morning minyanim begin each week at 9:00 AM, and last 30 minutes.

*Evening minyanim take place at 7:45 PM year-round from Sunday to Thursday, and last no more than 15 minutes.

*Friday evenings, services begin at 6:00 PM during standard time, and 6:30 PM during daylight saving time. This casual, song-filled Kabbalat Shabbat service lasts approximately 50 minutes, and contains a short, inspirational ‘word of Torah.’

*Shabbat and Festival morning services (except for High Holy Days) begin at 9:30 AM, and last approximately 2.5 hours, including a sermon or teaching offered by our clergy or guest speakers, followed by a Kiddush Lunch.

*Shabbat afternoon (minha) and evening (ma’ariv) services begin approximately an hour and fifteen minutes prior to candle lighting the previous day (check the weekly calendar for specific times). A short teaching, led by clergy or congregants, takes place between minha and ma’ariv, and the service ends with Havdalah.

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