The Worship and Study Minyan welcomes everyone! We are a participatory, intergenerational prayer community with a deep commitment to Jewish pluralism, egalitarianism, and freedom of inquiry. Our members come to their Jewish practice from a wide variety of backgrounds—many are returning to Jewish identities they had left behind or never had the chance to engage; others explored many aspects of Jewish life before joining us; others still began their journeys in another faith tradition and have found a congenial spiritual home in Judaism and with us. Some of us come with partners or families; others are single or have struck out on a Jewish path with the support of a partner who has chosen another path.
Shabbat morning services include spirited, musical davening (prayer) based on traditional liturgy; a lively Torah discussion; and a convivial Kiddush. We rely on our members to lead us in prayer and to teach us Torah, and we are always seeking new voices to uncover new facets of our tradition.
In addition to our weekly Shabbat services, we come together for Jewish holidays and for social occasions at members’ homes. Likewise, we celebrate together at life-cycle events and comfort one another in times of sickness and mourning.
We hope you will come to learn and stay to teach!
We hold Saturday morning services at Harvard Hillel every week starting at 9:30 a.m. The Torah service begins at 10:30 a.m and the Torah discussion around 11:15.