Worship

Worship at Kol Shalom is egalitarian and emphasizes connection, participation and the joy of Judaism. 

 

We offer weekly Shabbat morning services and a monthly Musical Kabbalat Shabbat filled with music, song and spirituality. We also offer complete High Holy Day services. 

 

Our celebrations of Jewish festivals—Purim, Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah and more—as well as lifecycle events, bring us together again and again to connect joyfully with one another and express our commitment to living a Jewish life.

SHABBAT

Shabbat at Kol Shalom is filled with the richness and comfort of ritual, beautiful music, and connection with our traditions and each other. Services are led by Rabbi Darío, who also encourages the participation of Jewish men and women in our community to leyn (chant) Torah. That so many have performed the mitzvah of reading from the Torah scroll reflects the value our community places on personal and spiritual growth.

 

We welcome visitors to all of our services. Come celebrate with us!

 

Shabbat Morning Services: Saturdays at 10:15 a.m.

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat: One Friday a month at 5:30 p.m.

Limited in-person attendance is available for our services. Please register to attend here.

 

All services are offered virtually as well, through Zoom and streaming on Facebook. Sign up for our weekly newsletter for details.

Learn Our Kabbalat Shabbat Melodies

Shabbat Resources

Blessings and customs for Shabbat

Candle lighting times

This week’s Torah portion

Havdalah blessings

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holidays

Congregation Kol Shalom celebrates many of the Jewish holidays together. We open the year with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. For Sukkot, a sukkah is constructed in our garden for a celebratory potluck. Simchat Torah includes dancing and singing. Our Hanukkah party features a latke cook-off, fun dreidel tables and craft activities.

To celebrate Tu B’shevat, the New Year for the Trees, we have planted trees and flowers in our garden. The kids take over Purim with the Megillah reading, a shpeil, and a fun carnival. During Passover, we come together for a community seder. Shavuot sees a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an evening of study, and a dairy potluck. Each Rosh Chodesh, women gather for spiritual development, renewal, healing and friendship.

Please feel free to join us for all of our celebrations!

Jewish Holiday Resources

About the Jewish holidays, their meanings, history, and rituals

Downloadable PDF calendar of Jewish holidays

 
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Life Cycle

Events

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Milah

The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eighth day of their new lives. This powerful ceremony celebrates new life, and also brings our sons into Judaism’s sacred covenant.

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Mitzvah

Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah (son/daughter of the commandment) is about spiritual maturity, about becoming a fuller member of the Jewish community. At Kol Shalom, Bar/Bat Mitzvah students engage in religious studies, ongoing Hebrew instruction, and individual tutoring with Rabbi Darío. At the culmination of their preparation, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah leads the congregation in a regular Shabbat morning service and is called to read from the Torah. Read more.

Rabbi Darío can help you prepare for this joyous occasion by teaching bride and groom the meaning of the ceremony—from ketubah (marriage contract), to kiddushin (engagement), to huppah (marriage canopy), to nissuin (marriage ceremony), to breaking the glass—by offering Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship, and by providing knowledge and experience to help design the ceremony.

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funeral

Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals—kriah (tearing of a garment), levayah (funeral procession), hesped (eulogy), kevurah (burial) and shivah (seven days of mourning). Kol Shalom has plots in Port Blakely Cemetery on Bainbridge Island available to members, and our Chevra Kadisha (burial society) performs taharah (purification) and shemira (watching over the body).

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naming

We celebrate the great blessing of a newborn daughter with a ceremony that brings her into the covenant, and confers upon her a Hebrew name. Rabbi Darío can help you think through and design this ceremony, which can take place at home, at the synagogue, or on Shabbat.