“While praying, listen to the words very carefully. When your heart is attentive,
your entire being enters your prayer without your having to force it.”
Celebrate Shabbat at Oak Park Temple
Our congregation has given considerable thought to who we are and where we are as a community in relation to our Shabbat services. We wish to make our Shabbat services joyful experiences for everyone.
Several years ago we began our “2nd Shabbat” and “4th Friday” Shabbat services. On these evenings our community joins together in the rotunda at 6:00pm for wine and cheese, juice and cookies and social time. At 6:30 pm we gather in the sanctuary or chapel for a musical Shabbat service. The time of the service allows those with small children to join us following a quick dinner at home and those who have more scheduling flexibility to have a leisurely dinner with family or friends following the service.
The “2nd Shabbat” service is accompanied by Tsimmis, Oak Park Temple’s acoustic band. Worship is enhanced using both contemporary Jewish music and traditional melodies played on mandolin, guitar, keyboard, bass and acoustic percussion.
The “4th Friday” Shabbat service is accompanied by classical guitarist Aaron Burnstein. Contemporary and traditional melodies are used during the 4th Friday Shabbat Services.
Shabbat ve-Yom-Tov (Shabbat and Holiday)
by Oak Park Temple member Greg Kovalsky
Rabbi Weiss and Cantor Green lead the Friday night Ma’ariv Shabbat services at 8 pm on the 1st, 3rd (and sometimes 5th) Fridays of the month.
Throughout the year, families with small children are invited to Tot Shabbat, an abbreviated service on Friday night or Saturday morning where children can sing songs and hear stories from our rabbi or cantor.
Shabbat Morning (Shacharit) services begin every Saturday morning at 10 am.
Shabbat and other Jewish holidays allow us private time for reflection, time for joyful communal singing, moments of restfulness and moments of exaltation.
For All the Times of Your Life
All of us approach our Jewish heritage differently at different times of our lives, and Oak Park Temple provides services to help you celebrate the joys of life and support you through life’s more challenging times.
At Oak Park Temple, we are here to support you in both your happy and sad life events:
- Brit Milah and Baby Namings
- B’nai Mitzvah
- Rabbinical Counseling
- End of Life Issues
- Death of Loved Ones
Services are available to Members and Prospective Members. Please contact the Oak Park Temple Office for more information.
On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah
A Weekly News Feed by Rabbi Rick Jacobs,
President, Union for Reform Judaism
- An Eye for an Eye
- Looking Beyond Our Differences
- Life’s Shortcuts and the Benefits of a 40 Year Journey
- Finding the Truth in our Stories
- What Made Moses Great
- The Amazing Women of Exodus
- What Lives After Death
- Putting the Judah in Judaism
- Fighting Darkness with Light
- Making an Impact
- Healing a Negative Relationship
- Our Spiritual Ascents
- Who Will Carry Our Tradition Forward?
- Seeing Blessings Every Day
- Where is God?
- How to be a Hero
- Electing a Righteous Leader
- Creationism vs Science: Which is the Truth?
- Sukkot and the Fragility of Life
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place
- The Sacred Art of Letting Go
- Standing for What Matters Most
- Spiritual Centering
- The Morality of War
- Demanding Justice
- Fighting Poverty
- Entitlement vs Gratitude
- What is the Essence of Judaism?
- Leaving the Comfort Zone
- Life is a Journey, Not a Destination