Shabbat | United Synagogue of Hoboken
Shabbat Morning Services at USH
a drama in 5 1/2 acts
Times and Location
During the spring and summer, Friday night services are accompanied by guitar, welcoming the Sabbath Queen with song, until sundown when Shabbat begins.
Even if you are not accustomed to a traditional Conservative/Egalitarian Shabbat service, you are welcome. You might want to arrive at 10:15 a.m. for the Torah service, or at 11:30 a.m for the Torah discussion and concluding prayers.
Shabbat services both Friday and Saturday are followed by Kiddush – refreshments, and an opportunity for worshipers to meet one another.
All services and education activities take place at the Synagogue.
If you have any questions, are interested in leading services, or would like to play an musical instrument during the service, please contact Rabbi Scheinberg.
“More than Israel has kept the Shabbat, the Shabbat has kept Israel.”
At USH, Shabbat is a time for community and fellowship, deep engagement with ideas, reflection and meditation, prayer and song. For many of us, Shabbat at USH transforms the texture of our week and helps us to live more mindfully and deliberately. For others, it is primarily an opportunity to connect with others over dinner or a “le-chaim.”
Shabbat services are a cornerstone of the USH community. Rabbi Scheinberg helps each person in the USH community find their own place within Jewish practice and ritual. Our community understands and accepts that everyone is seeking their own relationship with God and with Jewish prayer and practice. No matter what your level of Jewish observance or knowledge, you are welcome at Shabbat services. It doesn't matter if you are wearing jeans and sneakers or a dress and heels – just come and be a part of our kehillah, our community.
Our congregation uses the Siddur Sim Shalom, which includes prayers in both English and Hebrew. Our services are characterized by enthusiastic singing and congregational participation. Services are led by members of the congregation under the guidance of the Rabbi and volunteers are always welcome and encouraged!
The Torah discussion on Saturday mornings is a participatory event, and each week Rabbi Scheinberg moderates a thoughtful and engaging -- and always lively – conversation based on that week's Torah portion.
Children of all ages are welcomed in our community and encouraged to accompany their families to Shabbat services.
Concurrently with Shabbat morning services, the Learning Center holds classes for children age 4 through 8th graders. The youngest Learning Center students participate in Shabbat morning services by marching around the sanctuary in a very special Torah procession and the older students lead the congregation in the closing prayers. Please contact the Learning Centerto register your child(ren) for this program.
Babysitting is provided on Shabbat from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for toddlers and children up to 6 years of age. Please pre-register for this program by contacting the preschool.
We also offer special programs for young children on Shabbat mornings, including Shabbat Shira, an hour-long singalong for toddlers and their caregivers held monthly. There is no charge, but we request that you pre-register by contacting the preschool.
Shabbat services are followed by Kiddush – refreshments, and an opportunity for worshipers to meet one another.