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Services

We currently offer a Friday night service followed by a communal Shabbat Dinner every second Friday night (both catered and home-made dinners) and occasional Shabbat morning services, as well as monthly family Friday night services. Friday night services start at 6:30pm throughout the year.

 

What is Annex Shul’s religious outlook?

We are a multi-denominational, independent minyan, and we encourage everyone in our community to play an active role in our davening. Our members come from diverse backgrounds and so while our services are based on a traditional framework, and we use traditional liturgy, we encourage conversation and questions, and we often pause to reflect on the meaning of a particular phrase or idea incorporated into the prayers.

When entering our services, you will immediately notice our trichitza. The trichitza means three sections; one for men, one for women and a third for mixed seating. Please sit where you feel most comfortable. This is consistent with our philosophy of creating a space where Jews with different denominational backgrounds and ideologies can still daven (pray) and build community together.

We encourage both men and women to play an active role in leading davening (prayer), and we use the Partnership Minyan model in which certain parts of the service are reserved for male leaders, based on traditional Jewish law. Please be in touch if you are interested in leading a part of davening or sharing a Dvar Torah (words of Jewish wisdom).

 

What should I expect when I attend an Annex Shul service?

Our davening is upbeat and filled with singing and ruach, energy. Annex Shul services incorporate tunes from many Jewish singers and composers, with the majority of them coming from the musical legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (1925-1994) who was a world renowned teacher, composer, and singer known as “The Singing Rabbi” during his lifetime. We use traditional Hebrew liturgy, and often pause to reflect on the meaning of a particular phrase or idea incorporated into the prayers.

 

What do we do on chaggim (holidays)?

Annex Shul strives to create a meaningful and pluralistic celebration and commemoration of all the major holidays on the Hebrew Calender. Ordinarily, this involves a small, dedicated committee to brainstorm the way a particularly holiday might be observed. Those involved work with the Spiritual Leader and the ritual/education chair to consider how to create the type of holiday service or event that will best engage our community spiritually and socially.