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 Saturday of the month (in person and hybrid), and the fourth (Zoom only). They last up to 90 minutes. The Zoom services end with breakout rooms for smaller groups to interact socially and in person services end with a joint kiddush with other services that week.
We also conduct, of course, some festival and all High Holyday services.
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