As we mentioned, everyone is welcome to worship with us!
You do not have to be a member of Congregation Mickve Israel to attend services; however, if you are interested in membership, please visit our membership page for additional information.
The appropriate dress for our services is business casual, but our dress code is a little more relaxed during the summer. Women can wear slacks. Yarmulke and tallit are not required during services, but we have both available for your use. If you are a tourist, please feel free to come as you are!
During the summer months, our Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat services are not held in the sanctuary but at different locations throughout the area. They are hosted at the homes of our members as Summer Shabbat services and include a covered-dish dinner.
Throughout the year we often have meals following services. Please note that reservations are required for Friday night dinners and most have a nominal fee associated with them. Our Saturday morning service is almost always followed by a Kiddush lunch, which is free of charge. Reservations are not usually required for our lunches.
As part of our services we honor our departed loved ones by reading yahrzeit names.
Here at Mickve Israel, we celebrate our Jewish holidays with style. We have special holiday services and events throughout the year in addition to extensive services during the High Holy Days (see below). Specifics about holiday events will be provided when appropriate on the Upcoming Events page.
Please be sure to refer to the information on the Upcoming Events page of our site for current scheduling.
Our "Regular" Kabbalat Shabbat Evening Service
We welcome Shabbat on Friday evenings with a Kabbalat Shabbat service which begins at 6:00 pm. This service is in the spirit of a contemporary normative Reform worship style. It may be accompanied by keyboard, guitars or other instruments with an emphasis on congregational singing. We encourage congregational participation and welcome visitors.
Shabbat Morning Services
Our Classical Reform Shabbat morning services are held at 11:00 am every Saturday morning. Classical Reform Judaism reflects the worship style of the 19th-century American Reform Judaism, using the old Union prayerbook and a modern equivalent, with emphasis on decorum and accompaniment by organ and soprano soloist. The service generally lasts one hour. Guests of all denominations are always welcome, and encouraged to join us for a full luncheon that follows the service.
A special celebration where young children (five years and younger) can learn about and celebrate Shabbat. This child-friendly short service includes story telling, traditional prayer and song. After this brief service in the sanctuary with our rabbi, families can join together for blessings and age-appropriate snacks. These Tot Shabbat programs are held frequently on Saturday mornings at 9:30 or 10:00 am. Check the calendar for exact dates.
Our High Holy Day Services
Our hospitality never diminishes, especially during the High Holy Days, but like everyone else we do have certain procedures to follow for seating at our services.
Congregation Mickve Israel does not issue or sell tickets for admission to our High Holy Day services, but seating preference is given to our members and their guests, and then to non-members.
If you are affiliated with a synagogue and are interested in attending our High Holy Days services, please click here.
If you are not affiliated with a synagogue and are interested in attending our High Holy Days services, please click here.