Progressive services use the Liberal liturgy – Siddur Lev Chadash for Shabbat. They cater for those from both Liberal and Reform traditions, but we welcome anyone, whether they consider themselves more traditional or less religiously committed.
The liturgy follows the traditional structure of Jewish worship, but leaves out some traditional material (including that which is considered inconsistent with current Progressive Jewish thought) and includes new prayers and sometimes newly composed music. We use both English and Hebrew, and the translations are, as far as possible, gender-neutral and inclusive. Men and women participate equally. Services are generally led by community members, with different people volunteering to take on mitzvot in the service, and we encourage everyone to take part who feels able to. We also enjoy services led by visiting Liberal rabbis occasionally.
The Shabbat morning service take place generally on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Some services take place on Zoom, last up to 90 minutes and include Kiddush and breakout rooms at the end for smaller groups to interact socially. You do not need to have a Siddur – the liturgy is displayed on screen.
We also conduct, of course, some festival and all High Holyday services.
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