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DAILY PRAYER AND SHABBAT SERVICES

Daily Services

When there is an evening meeting, ICCJ holds evening minyan services on Monday through Thursday at 7:45 PM in the Wasserman Chapel. On Sundays, we rotate our evening minyan monthly with Hillcrest Jewish Center. We meet at 7:00 PM. Depending on the time of the year, we either daven Mincha and Maariv or just Maariv. If you have a yahrzeit and want to ensure that at least ten people will be at minyan, please email Rabbi Fryer Bodzin (RabbiRFB@iccj2004.org) a few days in advance.

ICCJ holds morning services on Mondays and Thursdays and other days that the Torah is read. Services begin at 6:30 AM. On Sunday mornings, minyan is at 8:30 am. When Ohr Chadash is in session at ICCJ, minyan begins at 8:00 am. Please check the calendar. If you would like to say Kaddish on a morning when there is no minyan, please contact Rabbi Fryer Bodzin directly (RabbiRFB@iccj2004.org).

The prayer book we use for weekday minyanim is Siddur Sim Shalom for Weekdays. Our minyans are led by lay people or our rabbi.

Our minyanim are egalitarian. Men and women participate equally. If you have a yahrzeit and you would like to lead the minyan, just let someone know.

Please join us any time.

Shabbat Services

ICCJ offers a full array of options over the 25 hours of Shabbat, from Friday night candle lighting until Havdallah.

Friday nights
When candle lighting begins after 5 PM, we begin our Friday night services with mincha, followed by communal candle lighting, Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv.

When candle lighting begins before 5 PM, we begin with Kabbalat Shabbat and encourage everyone to light candles at home.

In the summer, we usually begin at 7 PM, and bring in Shabbat a little early.

Saturday mornings

Beginning at 9 AM, our morning services are traditional. A lay person usually leads Psukei DZimra, with our Hazzan leading us in Shacharit and Musaf. Our children join us on the bima from Ein Keloheinu through Adon Olam.

We include a full reading of the Torah each week, chanted by a variety of readers. Lay people and our clergy chant Haftorah.

Our rabbi either delivers a formal sermon, answers questions in the popular monthly “Rabbi, I Have a Question” or generates discussion based on the weekly Torah portion.

A brief kiddush, prepared by our Sisterhood follows.

If you are visiting our community, please look for the usher at the back door of the Sanctuary to get help with any questions you have.

Saturday afternoons/evenings

A dedicated group return each Shabbat afternoon to pray and learn together. Check the calendar for times.
When we can sit around the table for a Seudah Shlishit meal (approx. November-March), we begin 90 minutes before Shabbat ends. Otherwise, we come back 60 minutes before Shabbat ends, for Mincha, learning with Rabbi Fryer Bodzin , Maariv and Havdallah.

Please do not bring any electronic devices into the building on Shabbat and remember to dress modestly.

If you have a yahrtzeit or a simcha and would like an aliyah, please contact the synagogue office and leave a message for Howard Isaccs.

If you would like to sponsor a Kiddush, please contact the synagogue office and leave a message for Evelyn Missan, Irma Goldman or Marilyn Kaufman.

If you would like to sponsor a seudah shlishit, please contact the synagogue office and leave a message for Gale Schott.

Junior Congregation

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Services are held on Shabbat in the Wasserman Chapel at 10: 45 am

Junior Congregation is a welcoming, fun, and interactive youth and family service held Shabbat mornings from 10:30-11:45 AM in the Wasserman Chapel. Join us in bringing Judaism to life through Shabbat prayers, Torah discussion, games, activities, and Kiddush snacks.

Junior Congregation services are noted on the HOME PAGE
in the ”Services” section, when they are being conducted.

ICCJ is searching for a permanent experienced and talented Junior Congregation leader.
If you know of anybody for this role, please contact Rabbi Fryer Bodzin.

Shabbat Morning Mini Menschen

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Coming Soon

Shabbat Morning Mini Menschen is a wonderful  morning service celebrated with a special group of congregants—children ages 3 to 10—along with their parents and/or grandparents.

The service, conducted by an experienced leader, provides a warm and sweet way of celebrating Shabbat through songs, prayers,stories, kiddush, challah and cookies. Often, there will be a Shabbat luncheon after the service, providing a way for the children and their families to join the rest of the congregation for a communal meal.

We hope that you take the opportunity to join us and see how delightful Shabbat can be through the eyes of a child. Please check the calendar for dates.

Re’Fa’E’Ni

Re’Fa’E’Ni, our Service of Healing, provides a structured time and place of prayer, reflection, meditation and communal connection for those who are coping with illness (and other traumas such as accident and assault), with grief and with loss.

It draws upon traditional Jewish liturgy (e.g., niggunim, blessings, psalms, Torah study, the kaddish) and liturgically non-traditional texts and activities (e.g., poetry, communal sharing, consciousness of the breath and the body). This mix of traditional and non-traditional liturgy and activity connects the participant to historic Jewish tradition while integrating modern modes of expression, attention and communication.

Through such service, one may derive spiritual strength not only from the traditional liturgy, but also from quiet reflection and meditation, and from personal sharing and listening.
Our Healing Services are called RE’FA’E’NI, taken from the Hebrew for “Heal me ,O Lord, and I shall be healed” (Jeremiah 17:14)

RE’FA’E'NI is open to everyone seeking community and comfort. Please check the calendar for dates.