Shabbat

We celebrate spirituality, Jewish tradition, Jewish learning, and Jewish life through Shabbat and holiday services that are rich in song and prayer. We encourage thoughtful exploration of the significance and expression of spirituality.

Prayer is an opportunity to celebrate, strive to better ourselves, and deepen our connection with one another. Our Friday evening services, holiday celebrations, and High Holy Days celebrations are all informal and welcoming.

Our services are family-friendly and children are always welcome. One of our greatest joys is welcoming multiple generations from the same family.

Our sanctuary is designed in compliance with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) regulations. Devices to augment hearing and large print prayer books are available.  Please contact our Administrator, Monica Blum, for additional accommodations. We celebrate inclusivity.

From September through June, the Bolton Street Synagogue schedule of Shabbat services is:

  • 6:30 pm – first and third Fridays
  • 7:30 pm – second, fourth, and fifth Fridays

In July and August, we celebrate Shabbat in our beautiful meadow (weather permitting), always starting at 6:30 pm.

First Friday Potluck Dinner – After Shabbat services on the first Friday of each month, we have our monthly potluck dinner.  It’s a wonderful way to share a meal with old and new friends. Everyone is encouraged to bring a veggie/dairy side dish, salad, or main course for six to eight people.

Tot Shabbat – Once a month, at 5:30 pm, we gather in our sanctuary for a service geared for babies – 7-year-olds and their families. Our Tot Shabbats include singing and a short service and are filled with joy! Afterwards, we gather in our Social Hall for a pizza dinner. All are welcome!

Saturday Mornings – Throughout the year, we gather on Saturday mornings for Shabbat services in celebration of B’nai Mitzvah as well as for community gatherings. We chant from the Torah and join together in prayer and friendship. Please consult the Bolton Street Synagogue calendar for dates of our upcoming Shabbat morning services.

Currently, all services are being held virtually, via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Our Siddur

Bolton Street Synagogue recently purchased new copies of Mishkan T’filah, the Shabbat prayer book of the Reform Movement, published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. It is beautifully rendered with lovely transliterations and poetic readings.

We were the fortunate recipients, in 2020, of a gift of the companion High Holy Day prayerbooks, Mishkan Hanefesh.