Shabbat Morning Services are led by Rabbi Emily and Cantor Melissa. They are grounded in music, guided by clergy, and celebratory of lay leadership. Services include a mix of Hebrew (with transliteration provided), with both traditional egalitarian and interpretive translations. Unless otherwise stated, our Shabbat morning services are in-person, with virtual attendance available through either participatory Zoom* or Livestream**.
*Hybrid services (usually the Second, Third and Fourth Saturdays of the month) are interactive and truly hybrid, with in-person participants in the synagogue able to see and hear Zoom participants. During hybrid services, Zoom participants can offer readings, have an aliyah, and share comments in the chat that are then shared from the bima. There will be a Zoom usher to share the siddur pages during these services.
**In Livestream services (usually the First Saturday of each month) allow Zoom participants to see and hear the service in the sanctuary but do not allow the clergy or in-person participants to interact with Zoom. Zoom participants will be able to see one another as well as the sanctuary, and can communicate to other Zoom attendees in the chat. A Zoom usher will share the siddur pages during these services. (If you will be joining a livestream service via Zoom and would like a name read during mi sheberach or before the Mourner's Kaddish, please email the clergy by noon on Friday with the name(s) you would like read.)
The fifth Saturday (in any month that has one) will be "Dealer's Choice" and the format (Zoom only or In-Person and Hybrid) will be announced in advance; and may be clergy-led or lay-led
In Person: If you plan to attend in person, please review the synagogue's COVID guidelines.
Elevator access: Elevator access is now available to all levels of our synagogue building. Masking is not required during Kiddush in the Kiddush room on the lower level following services.
Zoom access: If you would like to join us for services on Zoom, please email admin [at] westendsynagogue.org (Joan) for Zoom access.