Shabbat at IKAR

Every seventh day we are called to step out of the world as it is, and reimagine the world as it ought to be. To stand on the margins of society rather than deep within it, and see — with new perspective — what is broken, what is beautiful, and what is possible. We take this holy task very seriously.

At IKAR, Shabbat is our central organizing principle. Shabbat forms the rhythm of our week, and is the constant reminder that things need not be as they are – in our personal lives and in the world. And it is the reminder that each of us is surrounded by blessings, hidden and revealed, but often we must slow down to recognize and celebrate the abundance. Our services are traditional and experimental, contemplative and ecstatic. They are a fusion of spirit and purpose, old and new, east and west, Yair Dalal and Bono.

You don’t have to be a ringer to be touched by Shabbat davening at IKAR. You won’t be the only one who doesn’t read Hebrew, or feels more comfortable with Shavasuna than Shabbes, or is wearing jeans and sneaks. This is truly an eclectic community – the schmoozers in the back are as likely rabbis and rab students as they are comedy writers, rocket scientists (yes, we actually have a few!) and baristas. The service is designed to welcome and stretch us all; wherever we come in, we ought to leave in a different place.

How We Roll

Saturday AM

We welcome everyone to our Shabbat morning services, no matter their level of observance, experience or familiarity with Hebrew. Stay for our communal kiddush and lunch – it’s a great chance to meet dynamite folks. Limudim (“studies”), our experiential learning for children ages 5 to 12, is held most Saturdays during the school year. Separate childcare for children under 5 is provided. Bite Size Shabbes Morning for families with kids aged 0-5 happens twice a month during the school year.

Kabbalat Shabbat

1st Friday each month
J’lem Style
. Wondering what that phrase means? We made it up. It’s: beautiful & musical, traditional & creative, intense & fluid, short & sweet. On the rocks. This service is followed by an oneg and a chance to shmooze and drink Scotch. Bite Size First Friday services and dinner for the littlest ones starts early, and TRIBE (20s/30s) gathers after services for FEAST.

SlowDown Shabbes

3rd Friday each month
Make a night of it: This service is followed by a catered vegetarian dinner and a chance to start a conversation (or a romance), to relax and not have to worry about the dishes.

That’s the gist, but always check our website calendar for changes.

Want to honor a special occasion on Shabbat? Read about sponsoring Shabbat AM or PM meals.