by Rabbi Jill Maderer
“My House Shall Be Called a House of Prayer for All People.” All people? What does the prophet Isaiah mean when he says “all people?” We typically understand this phrase to be a sign of welcome into the sanctuary, and it certainly is! Yet, this summer, we will add another layer of meaning. The synagogue is a house of prayer for all people because the fullness of Jewish prayer requires not only the singular “person,” but the plural, “people.” This summer, join us for community, prayer, and disuccion, as we explore how Jewish prayer is designed to spiritually connect us in community.
Once each month, a congregant will chant Torah on Friday evening. In ancient times, Torah was read on the market days–the days on which the community gathered. And so, periodically, we bring Torah reading to our Friday evening services–the day on which our community gathers.