To Urban Judaism...
| The best qualities of
a Havurah with all that a Synagogue can provide. A Minyan
and congregation where each participant counts and is
important. A place where you can experience Judaism, learn and
grow spiritually with others.
follow the traditional liturgy of the New Conservative Siddur.
We believe it is better to teach and help people learn, than it
is to abridge the service because there are people who are
not familiar with our traditions. In a world where people
are seeking spirituality, a traditional approach has much
to offer. Regular participation can help expand your synagogue
skills and unlock the meaning and value of prayer and Jewish
ritual in your life.
means men and women participate together and equally. Our Hazzan
was the first woman to serve as cantor in a Conservative congregation in Chicago. But, we extend egalitarian to mean much
more. Our Minyan is composed of individuals with varying degrees
of Jewish knowledge, different backgrounds and life experiences,
as well as different ages and marital status. We are truly an
Egalitarian Minyan and congregation . Due to our location close
to Near North hotels, we often have guests from all over the
Shabbat Minyan Schedule
|9:15 AM -P'sukei
d'Zmra - the introductory service lead by a congregant.
Complete and unabridged, spiritual and meditative, it
allows congregants to get in the mood for what follows.
|9:45 AM - The Shacharit
- Hazzan Hayman takes over and begins the Morning
|about 10: 25 AM - The
Torah Service with the reading of the weekly parsha.
return of the Torah to the ark, a discussion of the weekly parsha.
We start with a question, issue or verse, and everyone is
welcome to participate
|about 11:45 -
The Musaf Service with the complete Cantor's repetition most weeks.
|Noon to 12:15
PM - Service Ends
|Each Shabbat we
provide a complete kiddush lunch. For those who are able to
stay, this is an added opportunity for fellowship and the chance
to get to know other Minyan participants.. It is traditional to
have 3 Shabbat meals and we make the second meal a special
congregational event. Following lunch we have a Birkot Ha Mazon.
Congregants are welcome to stay on a bit longer and continue the
by Minyan attendees
Hazzan Toby Lou Hayman
Pick brings her beautiful voice, and her knowledge of hazzenute.
She leads our services with the
proper nusach (chant) . There are many opportunities for
Everyone is encouraged to contribute to the weekly
Torah discussion. If you have the
skills you are welcome to lead the P'sukei d'Zmra, read a portion of the Torah, chant a haftarah,
or accept alyiot and other honors during the Torah
service. If you do not as yet have the skills but want
to learn, we can arrange classes
to teach these skills.
Not Just a Minyan- It's a Congregation...
are the Traditional Egalitarian Minyan & Conservative
Synagogue for Near North / Downtown Chicago.
same guiding principles that make our Shabbat Minyan so
special provides the basis for everything that we do.
|The Minyan isn't a separate
service. It's the main service and it is for everyone.
do not believe in isolating people into groups. Judaism
has always been an all inclusive religion. A
congregational family should include people of all ages,
singles, couples, families, older and younger people and
children worshiping together as a kahal - a congregation.
Shabbat & holiday services and social
programs are open to all who want to participate.
|We are a child-friendly
congregation. We are pleased when parents bring their young children into the
service with them.
That is how it was done for centuries, and it is what Jewish
continuity is all about.
Traditional Egalitarian Shabbat service is only the
beginning. We have services and special celebrations
for all the Yom Tovim and social and educational programs
throughout the year. Join us for all of our holiday celebrations
including a Sukkot dinner, Chanukah party, Purim Bash, and
Shavuot Tikkun - Torah Study session, and holiday services, and