Religious services are an important part of congregational life at Northern Hills Synagogue. Services are participatory and generally lay led. We encourage people of all ages to lead services and grow in their roles as service leaders.
Services are mostly in Hebrew. We take historical tradition as our base line, and make adjustments based on the needs of the congregation. We do a full Torah reading on Shabbat morning, and strive to make the Torah reading engaging and educational, with an opportunity for discussion.
New: the first Saturday of every month there will be a Family Service at 10:30 am for children and parents.
For the times of services for holidays and festivals, see the NHS Calendar. Our calendar features the times for candle lighting and Havadalah, unless otherwise listed, as well as the Hebrew date. Minyanim can be arranged for yahrzeit observance. Contact the Office Administrator at (513) 931-6038 or Bev Shapero at email@example.com.
Our regular service times are as follows:
|1st Friday night of the month:
All other Friday nights:
| 8:00 p.m.
1st Saturday of the Month Family Service
Saturday Parasha Study:
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
In addition to traditional services every week, Northern Hills Synagogue also offers a variety of Shabbat programs to keep the Shabbat experience fresh and engaging for all ages.
Talmud: Study Talmud every Shabbat morning at 8:45 AM. We are currently studying Masechet (Tractate) Shabbat in depth. Musical Spiritual Shabbat: On the second Saturday of each month,
Musical Spiritual Shabbat, led by Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, offers an opportunity to focus deeply on selected prayers, with music, singing, and kavanot (discussion of the meaning of the prayer and its personal application). Musical Spiritual Shabbatot create a space for congregants to experiment with forms of Jewish worship that are meaningful to them.
Learner’s Circle: On the fourth Saturday of each month, Learners’ Circle, led by Brian Freedman, focuses on a single prayer to understand its meanings beyond the translation.
First Fridays: On the first Friday of each month Shabbat services are held at 8:00 PM and include a guest speaker—usually a congregant speaking about a special area of expertise or interest. We welcome your ideas for speakers and topics! Please contact Brian Freedman firstname.lastname@example.org or Sonia Milrod at email@example.com with your suggestions.
Shabbat with Sara:
One Friday of every month at 6:30 PM, Sara Otero leads an engaging, short musical Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by a congregational dinner. The following morning she leads the Shabbat morning service and gives the D’var Torah (interpretation of the weekly Torah portion).
Lay-led D’var Torah:
On other weeks, the interpretation of the weekly Torah portion is presented by a member of our congregational community, providing a knowledgeable and eclectic exploration of diverse points of view.