The Havurah Minyan has held member-led Shabbat morning services for more than 30
years. We meet twice a month at 10:00 AM in the Adult Library, conclude at Noon, and
then join the rest of the congregation for lunch.
On the second Shabbat of each month we have what we call a “traditional service,” in that
it contains almost all the elements of the Shabbat morning prayers. In place of the haftorah
and mussaf, we use the time to enjoy an extended Torah discussion that focuses on the
week’s parsha (portion). We also encourage one another to include traditional as well as
creative elements in the service. One of our creative innovations is a “Moment” when a
minyan member briefly shares a poem, reading, or piece of text and their thoughts about
it. This has given many of us who don’t know how to lead the davenning (prayers) a way to
contribute to the service, as well as providing an easily accessible opportunity for
newcomers to participate.
The fourth Shabbat of the month is our “study service,” a time when we take the
opportunity to consider a range of material that is usually, but not always, related to one of
the themes of the week’s Torah portion. Several minyan members take turns presenting a
text and leading an in-depth discussion of it. The atmosphere is casual as we sit around a
large table and study together. The basic elements of the liturgy are covered, as well, and
breakfast is provided.
• Why We Exist. We come together twice a month to create a lay-led Shabbat
morning service. We take pleasure in new approaches to meaningful prayer and
textual exploration. We believe that everyone who joins us will find that they have a
unique and valuable contribution to make to our evolving community.
• Where We Hope to Go. We will support each other’s ongoing learning to strengthen
and expand the leadership of our evolving community. We will seek and create
opportunities to engage with our fellow congregants and with the broader Jewish
community. Our services will refresh, renew, and enlighten.
• What Guides Us. We encourage and support the growth of The Jewish Center. We
are committed to fostering an experience of collaboration and belonging arising
from common interests and goals.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Havurah Minyan sometime soon. Questions?
Contact Neil Litt (firstname.lastname@example.org