The celebration of Shabbat is integral to Jewish tradition. Our Congregation typically gathers for Shabbat twice a month on Friday evenings, usually in a member’s home. There we set aside the cares of the week, catch up with friends, and enjoy a program meant to enlighten and entertain.
Most such gatherings begin with a Shabbat Welcome Ceremony, one of several from which the host family can choose. Services may include a candle-lighting, short readings, and songs, and conclude with an invitation to share life cycle news.
We also come together on occasion to take leave of Shabbat with a beautiful Havdalah ceremony. However busy the work week, taking time to usher in the Sabbath — or to bid it farewell—provides a sense of community, a link to Jewish tradition, and a measure of inner peace.
Our Shabbat ceremonies have evolved over many years and bear the hand of many authors. In the spring of 2012, Lucy Katz, chair of the Ritual Committee, led the way to update and consolidate our many services into a handful that best suit the ways our members celebrate Shabbat — at home with family, in small CHJ get-togethers, and at large community events.
It was to be the last of her countless contributions to CHJ ritual… and to the soul and substance of our Congregation. We offer this collection of Shabbat and Havdalah services, along with the song sheet that follows, in loving memory of Lucy.
The CHJ Ritual Committee