newtownfriendsmeetingAt Tzedek v’Shalom, we aim to nurture each person’s need for spirituality through a strong sense of community and through our intimate services. At a TvS service, ancient wisdom addresses modern issues, and guitars, djembe drums, and songs sit side by side with meaningful prayer and meditation.

Generally, we have one Friday night service a month, held at the George School’s Mollie Dodd Anderson Library, as well as one adult Torah study each month a member’s home. Our High Holy Day and Shabbat morning services are held in the historic Newtown Friends Meeting House (219 Court Street, Newtown, PA), built in 1817.  Here are the kinds of services we are planning for the 5776/2015-2016 year:

• Third Fridays: A vibrant, all singing Shabbat service alternatively led by a guest musical director/service leader, with a variety of musical guests, or by congregants , with accompaniment by talented local musician Ralph Posmontier on the drums. Past guest leaders have included Hannah Spiro (singer/songwriter and student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College), Jack Kessler (cantor, and musical director, vocalist, and composer-arranger for Klingon Klez), and Shelly Barnathan (then Morah Ruchanit/Spiritual Educator at Beth Am Israel). A scrumptious vegetarian potluck always follows.  All ages are welcome, including families with children.

• First Shabbat Monthly Torah study: Introductory meditation, music, and prayer followed by community learning on the weekly Torah portion.  Led and hosted by members of the TvS community.

• Shabbat morning service and Lunch & Learn: Meditation, music, and prayer including a Torah reading led by a guest rabbi. Our kiddush lunch follows and moves directly into a lunch and learn that features special learning from our guest. Our guests have included Rabbi Marcia Prager and Cantor Jack Kessler, Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael (a singer/songwriter of over 60 new Jewish songs/prayers), Gabbai Seth Fishman (who studied with the late Rabbi Dr. Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and served as one of his gabbaim involved in editing and disseminating his teachings), and Dr. Birgit Klein (Chair of the History of the Jewish People Department of University of Jewish Studies in Heidelberg, Germany, since 2006, and currently a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College).

• Holiday celebrations, from Succot Pizza in the Hut, to a community seder, to thought-provoking Shavuot study.

• For information about our High Holiday services, visit the link to the top right.