Shabbat Services

At Central Synagogue

Summer Shabbat Worship

During the summer months, Shabbat worship is held in our Pavilion on Friday evenings and in the Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein Chapel in the Community House on Saturday mornings. See our locations.

Shabbat at Central Synagogue is a unique and meaningful experience. More than five hundred people fill the Sanctuary on Friday evenings as the congregation and our welcome visitors join in worship and song. The smaller group on Saturday mornings provides a more intimate and participatory worship setting to learn and celebrate with our b’nei mitzvah families.

Service Times

6:00 pm Friday Evenings
9:30 am Saturday Mornings*

*Some Saturdays at 11:30 am; please check our calendar.

Ways to Join Us

In Person
Our Shabbat services are always open to the public–visit us.

Via Live Stream
All services in our Main Sanctuary are live streamed using high-definition cameras. Visit our live streaming page (active during services). 

By Phone
Dial toll-free 1-888-758-7870. At the prompt, use the following pass code: 599-29-69

On TV
Shalom TV broadcasts our Shabbat services Fridays live at 6:00 pm and again at 10:00 pm. Find your local Shalom TV channel.

Shabbat Prayer Books

Worship Shabbat

For Friday night Shabbat worship, Central Synagogue uses Mishkan Tefilah: A Reform Siddur, published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.  This innovative format includes the Hebrew text with both a transliteration and English translation.

“The essential foundation of Reform Judaism—its emphasis on ethical action and social justice—is still the overriding theological message of the Mishkan T’filah liturgy: God demands something of us. This message is present throughout the interpretive readings and is best encapsulated in the prayerbook’s introduction to the Amidah: ‘Pray as if everything depended on God. Act as if everything depended on you.” The Reform message is as strong as ever, and this prayer book will help unify Reform Jews to pray together with that message in mind.” —excerpted from Rabbi Buchdahl’s review of the Mishkan Tefilah in Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility. Read the full book review.

Order the Mishkan T’filah online from CCAR Press.

Do you have an iPad? Follow along with the Mishkan T’filah app. Download from iTunes

For Saturday mornings, we have crafted our own Shabbat prayer book. Download our Shabbat morning prayer book here.

We also refer to Rabbi Gunther Plaut’s The Torah: A Modern Commentary, available to order from the URJ.

Learn the Shabbat & Torah blessings.

Special Shabbat Services

Tot Shabbat

Tot Shabbat occurs twice a month, once on Friday evening and once on Saturday morning, for families with pre-school age children.
More about Tot Shabbat.

Shabbat Mishpachah

Once a month, children in kindergarten through fourth grade attend a Shabbat service geared toward them. Parents and children join together in the Sanctuary at 6:00 pm to welcome Shabbat with the congregation. Then the children head downstairs to the Pavilion for an age-appropriate service led by a member of the clergy and our full-time teachers. Children rejoin their parents in the Sanctuary for the conclusion of the prayer service.

Annual Special Shabbat Services

Jethro Shabbat

In the Torah portion of Yitro (Exodus 18:1–20:23), Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, suggests to Moses that he appoint others to help him apply the laws of God to the Israelites’ disputes. Each year when we read this portion, Central Synagogue honors the legal profession in a special service called Jethro Shabbat. We invite a distinguished member of the legal profession to address our congregation on a topic of their choice.

Shofar Shabbat

Each year, Central Synagogue honors a Jewish person who has contributed to the community. Read about our honorees.

Shabbat Shira

Shabbat Shira, the Sabbath of Song, is a time to celebrate music.