Religious Practices

Temple Har Shalom is an open and progressive Reform Jewish Community that welcomes those of any race, religion, creed, gender and sexual orientation through our doors to share in the warmth of our services and other programming!

THS sanctuary2014We offer an expansive schedule of religious services throughout the year designed to meet the spiritual needs of our diverse congregation. Our Rabbi leads weekly services devoted to capturing the essence of Reform Judaism while our Cantor provides music at Erev Shabbat and Shabbat morning services as well as on holidays and other celebrations. Under the direction of the Cantor we have a volunteer congregational choir that lends its time and talent to enrich our worship service, and a Youth Choir. 

Between September and June, we hold Erev Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. every Friday. The first Friday of each month is a Family Service geared towards families with children ages 6-12 with services beginning at 7:00pm. On Shabbat morning we hold services at 10:00 a.m. in the main sanctuary, during which one or more of our students may be called to the Torah for the first time as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

On Sunday morning when Religious School is in session, we also have Torah study at 9:00 a.m. in the library.

Our services blend traditional liturgy with modern readings to provide a significant Jewish worship experience. Shabbat and the Festivals are conducted from the Reform movement's new Mishkan T'Filah siddur (prayerbook) while the High Holy Days are conducted from the Reform movement's Gates of Repentance. We are especially proud of the egalitarian emphasis in our services, which creates a joyous and personally satisfying observance.  For service information during the summer, please visit our Service Times page

We begin High Holy Days observance with two days for Rosh Hashanah which begin with Erev Rosh Hashanah followed by morning services the next two days. We hold a Tashlich service on the THS Hanukkah_2014afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah at a nearby body of water. We conclude the Days of Awe with Yom Kippur Kol Nidre service and morning, afternoon, Yizkor and Neliah services and the blowing of the shofar to mark the end of Yom Kippur. On both the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning we hold concurrent services geared to different segments of our congregation including a Youth and Family for children ages 9-12 and their parents; a Kindergarten service and a service for Grades 1-2 led by teachers from our pre-school which include activities for those specific age groups. We also provide baby sitting services for our youngest members. 

Tickets are needed for all High Holiday services with the exception of Yizkor service on Yom Kippur afternoon. Congregants receive tickets for their immediate family members as part of their temple membership. Tickets for extended family members such as parents, grandparents, married children and their families, siblings of either spouse and their immediate families, are available at a nominal fee. Non-member tickets are issued on a seating available basis at the non-member fee. Tickets to non-members will be issued for one year only. 

We celebrate Life Cycle events in our main sanctuary including baby namings, weddings, funerals and being called to the Torah for the first time as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah is an important life cycle event for the entire family. Temple Har Shalom provides B’nai Mitzvah Guidelines outlining the steps leading to this joyous event for each family of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidate. 

For any other questions, concerns or if we can be of any need or support to you, please contact us.