In his book, "The Sabbath" Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote "The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time". As we sing and pray together songs and blessings just for Shabbat, we join the celebration of sacred time!
Join us on the 1st Friday night of each month for Erev Shabbat (Sabbath Evening) as we welcome the arrival of God's sanctified space in time- with traditional prayers, blessings, and song. We'll share a Shabbat meal around the table pot-luck style, so bring something to share (kosher-dairy, no meat). Birthday cake for the month’s babies will be provided. Times may vary, contact us for more info.
We start each service on Shabbat, Saturdays at 10:30 am, with a piece of liturgy called "Mah Tovu." It is a song about the joy of being in G-d's courts. We then will read a Psalm or other piece of responsive liturgy. After that, we will go into the more contemporary part of our service. We almost always start with "Shalom, Chaverim," (Hello, friends), which is our song of greeting. At this point, we greet each other and grab a rhythm instrument from the back of the room to join in the music-making.
The pesukei de zimrah portion of our service is contemporary and lasts for about 45 minutes. We may play some songs several times, and this part of the service will include at least two Israeli style dances. Some will be harder than others. Some songs will be slow and reflective, others upbeat and joyful.
After a time of praise in song and dance, we continue with the more formal portion of our service. We chant Hebrew prayers such as Kaddish, the Sh'ma, and the Amidah which leads us to the climax of our service--the Torah. We read from the scroll in both Hebrew and English followed by the Haftarah--selected portions of Scripture which include readings from the Prophets and the Brit Chadashah. The Rabbi then gives a drash/message and closes the service with a few traditional readings from the siddur/prayer book.
Next, we present, read and expound on G-d's word. This is the focal point of the service. At this point, we take the Torah scroll containing the first five books of the Bible out of the Ark (cupboard), and honor G-d's gift of his Word. We symbolically indicate our intention to follow G-d's instruction by not turning our back as the Torah is processed through the sanctuary. As it parades, we approach the Torah and kiss a a siddur or tzitzit (prayer shawl tassel), then touch the Torah with the item we kissed. This symbolically represents our love for His words. We sing in Hebrew and English "Out from Zion goes forth the Law and the Word of the L-rd from Jerusalem," and "Blessed is He who gave the law in holiness to His people, Israel."
Next, we read in Hebrew and English of the Torah and Haftarah portion for the week. Generally, we read only a portion of the Torah portion, or Parashah, for the week to get an essence of the portion. The message afterwards focuses on the full portion, however. As believers in Yeshua, we add suggested readings from the apostolic writings or B'rit Chadashah (New Testament) to the traditional Haftarah readings.
After the message, we chant a closing piece of liturgy, such as Adon Olam, Yigdal or the Aleinu, followed by receiving the Aaronic Benediction.
Then, the service is concluded, but we are not yet finished. We adjourn upstairs for oneg Shabbat, the joy of the Sabbath. There, we will bless wine and bread and enjoy a potluck meal together, along with enjoying one another's company.
If you wish to contribute a dish to the potluck, please do not mix meat and dairy in the same dish, and of course no pork, shellfish, or other non-kosher items. If in doubt, check with the kitchen helpers as to what is appropriate or in shortest supply.
At Tsemach Adonai, we like to mix the traditional and the more contemporary, liturgy and folk style music, the spontaneous and the ritual. So, no two Shabbatot are exactly alike, but we do have some elements that are common to most services.
We hope you can join us.
OUTREACH: MITZVAH MATCH
One of the goals of the Tsemach Adonai Outreach Committee is to create or find opportunities to meet people in the Jewish community and build relationships. “Mitzvah Match” is the result.
“Mitzvah Match” was created to match “Chai House Residents that need tasks done in their apartments” with “Tsemach Adonai people who can do the job”.
Chai House is a Senior Residential Community in San Jose, with a population that is approximately 40% Jewish. Doing mitzvot is an opportunity to reach out with “good deeds”: ‘to the Jew first and also to the Gentile’, and meet people on a “one-on-one” basis, begin communication and possibly, give an invitation to visit Tsemach in the future.
If you would like to become part of this Outreach, please speak to Savta, or another member of the Outreach Committee: R. Charlie, Kayla, or Sharon. We’ll all meet and brainstorm together to make this work. All active participants will get a Mitzvah Match tee shirt.
TUESDAY NIGHT STUDY
1st: July 4- **No study or prayer**
2nd: July 11- **No study** Rabbi at UMJC Conference in Chicago
3rd: July 18 - Prayer with Savta/Yudit
4th: July 25 - R. Charlie- Shadows of the Messiah
Women’s Bible Study with Savta/Yudit
Saturday, 7/22, 1:45 p.m. in Youth Room
All levels welcome. Inquire with Katie or Kirsten.
Hebrew Classes (Upstairs)
Hebrew 301—Shirim (praise songs) and B’reishit (Genesis) with Kirsten
Hebrew 102—Learn to read Hebrew with Brian
Hebrew 201—Liturgy basics with David
Hebrew 101—Learn the Alef Bet with Kayla
3:00 - 3:30
Break and oneg cleanup
Study and discussion with Rabbi Charlie or guest speaker
10:30 Worship Service / Liturgy
11:30 Message / Children’s classes
Thank you for saving your questions & comments until the end of the message.
Children are dismissed before the Torah reading to the upstairs room. Youth are dismissed after the Torah reading to the room inside the fenced playground along Oka Rd. Children's classes end about 15 minutes after the message. Please remain quiet if you enter the upper room before Kiddush begins.
1:15-1:30 Prayer for Healing with Savta/Yudit downstairs
1:15 Kiddush & Oneg Shabbat potluck upstairs
After our morning service is a time of fellowship with noshing and schmoozing in our upper room above the sanctuary. A ramp is available to access the room upstairs. Lunch is provided by the donation of many generous hearts and hands. Everyone is invited to partake, and contribute your favorite dairy or fish (must have scales and fins) dish — no meat or shellfish please. Also welcome are pasta, bean, fruit, vegetable, egg, or grain dishes, and we can always use bottles of fruit juice, canned tuna, and mac and cheese boxes as back up. Everyone is expected to clear off their own tables and their neighbors' if needed. Oneg is not a catered event! If you or a child spills food or drink on the rug, please clean it up, or ask for assistance if you are not capable.