“More than the Jewish People have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews.” – Ahad Ha’am
Once a week, we carve out sacred time and space, apart from the physical world, from our daily lives. Rather than thinking of it as a retreat or escape, we think of the Sabbath as an opportunity to embrace our spiritual needs, to allow ourselves to seek God without the distractions of other obligations and responsibilities. We invite you to experience the joy of Shabbat with us.
Ohev Sholom Shabbat Minhag (Traditions)
From the collection of KosherFest recipes to the special menus shared weekly during Shabbat Kiddush, Ohev members gather in the kitchen preparing delicious meals, in Asner Hall to recite hamotzi in appreciation of sustenance and around tables to laugh, share and socialize. Meals are sponsored in memory of loved ones or in honor of birthdays, anniversaries and other life cycle celebrations, or by the Harry Lerner Fund simply to celebrate Shabbat. Ohev extends the joy of community prayer each week with a congregation lunch.
In honor of our men and women in the military
In addition to a prayer for Israel and one for the American government, Ohev honors the men and women serving in America’s military in Afghanistan and Iraq with a prayer for their safety and well being. In addition, each week we remember those who were killed in the line of duty by reciting their names.
Monthly mazel tov
We celebrate, as a community, members’ birthdays and anniversaries once a month during Shabbat services. Those observing special occasions during the month are invited to join together as the Rabbi offers a blessing and the congregation shares Mazel Tov. Following services, every one is invited to lunch together with a celebratory kiddush.