Prayer can heal and enrich our lives. It can unlock joy and gratitude. Spiritual life and prayer are a dynamic part of Kol Emeth. Our services are participatory and we invite you to be among the leaders. Our services are egalitarian because we hear in each other’s voices a sign of God’s presence. Our services take place in community because face to face human connection is an essential component of a spiritual life. Feel welcome to come to any of our services and experience the warmth, joy, and song of our prayers.
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6:00pm Friday evening**
9:15am Saturday morning
7:45pm Sunday through Thursday, Daily minyan*
9:15am on Sunday and 6:45 am on Thursday morning*
Kol Emeth daily minyan provides an intimate environment for communal prayer and supports visitors and those in our community mourning the loss of a loved one. Everyone is welcome. Please come to daily minyan to support people who need a minyan.
* Minyan times and locations will vary. While we are temporary relocated locations will vary. Check the Calendar to see the latest location information. Holidays: There is no daily minyan on seder nights – the first two nights of Pesach (Passover). Sukkot services are held at various times and locations
** Friday night / Shabbat evening services
Friday night services begin at 6:00pm and are at various locations. Once or twice a month, Rabbi David Booth and his family host Barkhu at the Booths at the Booth Residence. Barkhu at the Booths is an intimate and warm Kabbalat Shabbat with the Booth family. All are welcome.
Check the calendar to see what program is planned for a particular Friday night.
The struggles, the physical pull away from prayer, has never been stronger. We are so used to a constant level of stimulation that we instinctively react against the slowing down that prayer requires. The something that is happening in prayer takes time to emerge. It cannot be made more efficient with better processing power or higher bandwidth. It requires a wholeness of self that can emerge only over time.
At the same time, we are so used to passive entertainment, like movies, sporting events, or the theater that when we sit down to pray in a Synagogue we expect to be entertained. Prayer is an active action that requires some preparation and an agenda. If we sit down to pray waiting to see God, we are likely to be disappointed. If, however, we actively engage in prayer, and in stimulating the imagination that aids us in the divine encounter, God may indeed “peep out” and respond.
(I use the language of “peep out” because of the midrash that when God first encountered Abraham, God “peeped out” at him from an illuminated or burning palace.)
I pray to attain gratitude and quiet. I pray to create space in my consciousness for my soul to speak to me. I pray to attune myself to God in the world.
I pray with a sense of obligation and connection to a particular practice and liturgical tradition. That connection reminds me that my need to connect with God and to make room for sacred attunement is a hovah, an obligation. This obligation has an ongoing quality expressed but never contained in daily prayer. The particular liturgical connection roots my own quest in a shared practice of a whole people throughout time.
I know for many the traditional prayer practices of Judaism feel sometimes overwhelming and slow. Yet I want to make a personal case for the beauty and inspiration contained within it. For many years, I was skilled in the techniques of prayer but found my prayer life mediocre at best. Then I began the long hard work of bringing my heart, my sorrow and joy and wholeness of self, into the prayer practices. When I succeed, my prayers brim over with meaning. When I find the courage to share my heart, to offer myself as an offering, my prayers become my soul’s song of love to God.