Special Shabbat Services

During the year, some of our Shabbat services will have a special theme.  These include Pet Shabbat, Veteran’s Shabbat, Shabbat Shirah, Scout Shabbat,  Daffodil Shabbat, and Teacher Appreciation Shabbat.   

We also have Tot Shabbats and Learner’s Services.

  • This Shabbat we celebrate a very special moment in the Torah, a very musical moment in Jewish biblical history. This Shabbat is Shabbat Shirah. It is the Sabbath of Singing. Many congregations highlight this Shabbat by creating services brimming with extraordinary music to celebrate Moses and Miriam leading the Israelites across the Sea of Reeds (The Red Sea) and out of Egypt.

    This Shabbat we read Parashat B’shalach from Chapter 15 in the book of Exodus. This section is important for several reasons. It is visually, liturgically and musically important. Shabbat Shirah gets its name from part of the sedra (weekly Torah reading) known as Shirat HaYam (song of the sea). Visually, this song/poem is laid out very differently from the rest of the Torah so it is very obvious to the reader and to the congregation during Hagbah (the lifting of the Torah after it is read) that something special is happening. It is known as ‘brick on brick.’ There are several additional songs/poems in the Torah that are also written differently than the rest; another great example is Parashat Haazinu in Deuteronomy Chapter 32, which is written in two narrow columns.

    …excerpted from an article by Cantor Marni Camhi on the URJ Website.  The full article may found here: https://reformjudaism.org/shabbat-shirah