Shabbat Services

At Central Synagogue

Shabbat at Central Synagogue is a unique and meaningful experience. More than five hundred people fill the Sanctuary on Friday evenings as the congregation and our welcome visitors join in worship and song. The smaller group on Saturday mornings provides a more intimate and participatory worship setting to learn and celebrate with our b’nei mitzvah families.

Summer Shabbat Worship

During the summer months, Shabbat worship is held in our Pavilion on Friday evenings and in the Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein Chapel in the Community House on Saturday mornings. See our locations.

Service Times

Congregational Service: 6:00 pm, Fridays Congregational Service: 9:30 am, Saturdays (most weeks)
Congregational Service: 11:30 am, Saturdays
The Mishkan: 9:30 am, Select Saturdays

Ways to Join Us

Via Live Stream
All services in our Main Sanctuary are live streamed using high-definition cameras. Visit our live streaming page (active during services). 

By Phone
(605) 475 5619, passcode: 776-041-1657 or call toll-free 1 (866) 546-3377 passcode: 776-041-1657.

*If your phone plan has free long-distance calling or unlimited minutes, we ask that you consider using the (404) number to help us defray these expenses so that we can continue to provide this important service.

Shalom TV broadcasts our Shabbat services Fridays live at 6:00 pm and again at 10:00 pm. Find your local Shalom TV channel.

Shabbat Prayer Books

Worship Shabbat

For Friday night Shabbat worship, Central Synagogue uses Mishkan Tefilah: A Reform Siddur, published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.  This innovative format includes the Hebrew text with both a transliteration and English translation.

“The essential foundation of Reform Judaism—its emphasis on ethical action and social justice—is still the overriding theological message of the Mishkan T’filah liturgy: God demands something of us. This message is present throughout the interpretive readings and is best encapsulated in the prayerbook’s introduction to the Amidah: ‘Pray as if everything depended on God. Act as if everything depended on you.” The Reform message is as strong as ever, and this prayer book will help unify Reform Jews to pray together with that message in mind.” —excerpted from Rabbi Buchdahl’s review of the Mishkan Tefilah in Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility. Read the full book review.

To use the book version that will match the page numbers clergy call out during services, you can access the Shabbat Digital prayer book here (first book, Mishkan T’Filah for Shabbat). You can also order a copy of the Mishkan T’filah from CCAR Press.

Do you have an iPad? Follow along with the Mishkan T’filah app. Download from iTunes

For Holiday and Festival services, you may follow along using the Mishkan T’filah: Weekdays/Festivals Transliterated.  Order online from CCAR Press here or download the Kindle Edition here.

We also refer to Rabbi Gunther Plaut’s The Torah: A Modern Commentary, available to order from the URJ.

Learn the Shabbat & Torah blessings.

Shabbat for Kids & Families

Shabbat Central

Shabbat experience for families with children ages 0-5. Open to all!
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Shabbat Yeladim

Shabbat experience specifically designed to engage the hearts and minds of children grades K-5. Open to Central Synagogue members.
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Annual Special Shabbat Services

Jethro Shabbat

In the Torah portion of Yitro (Exodus 18:1–20:23), Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, suggests to Moses that he appoint others to help him apply the laws of God to the Israelites’ disputes. Each year when we read this portion, Central Synagogue honors the legal profession in a special service called Jethro Shabbat. We invite a distinguished member of the legal profession to address our congregation on a topic of their choice.

Shofar Shabbat

Each year, Central Synagogue honors a Jewish person who has contributed to the community. Read about our honorees.

Shabbat Shira

Shabbat Shira, the Sabbath of Song, is a time to celebrate music.