Come join us for Shabbat services, Sunday morning Torah study, Bar and Bat Mitzvah services, and holidays.
Friday Night Services
Friday evenings at 6:30, family and friends gather for a warm and spiritual Shabbat celebration. Our Rabbi and Cantor lead us in uplifting services with a mixture of prayer and song to elevate and rejuvenate our spirits. These one-hour services are often enhanced with the beautiful music of our congregational choir and band. Immediately following the service, an Oneg Shabbat of food and drink allows us to reconnect with one another, and establish new friendships.
Our monthly Family Shabbat Service appeals to families with young children, but is meaningful to all; Rabbi Sklarz calls the children to the Bimah to read them a story, invites those celebrating a birthday to receive a special blessing, and B’nai Shir (junior choir) performs. Family Services are followed by pot-luck dinners and often, special craft activities or social action projects for the children.
In addition to our monthly family service, our religious school students participate in a special service during the course of the school year followed by a special Oneg Shabbat. Students participate with Rabbi Sklarz and Cantor Lipton in sharing liturgy and song as well as presenting a skit or special performance reflecting their area of study.
The Jewish year is filled with holidays – joyous and solemn, celebratory and contemplative. Click here for the dates of the upcoming holidays.
High Holy Days: Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services are appropriately more formal than our Shabbat services. They include exceptionally beautiful music from our Cantor and the choir, enhanced by the spiritual guidance provided by the Rabbi and the liturgy. Selichot marks the beginning of the High Holy Days with a moving late-night Saturday service. GRS membership includes tickets to all High Holy Day services.
GRS also welcomes all to our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Young Family Services for those families with small children wanting to share in a meaningful and fun High Holy Day service.
Life cycle events
Rabbi Sklarz has a special touch for creating warm and beautiful services, and works directly with families (including interfaith and/or LGBT families), to craft personal and meaningful events.
Baby namings – Brit Milah (bris) and Brit ha Chayim
We look forward to the celebration of joyous events such as a Brit Milah (bris) or a Brit Shalom for a boy, or Brit Ha-Chayim, the covenantal baby naming for a girl. Jewish tradition creates a beautiful setting to bring boys and girls into the Covenant of Israel and give them Hebrew names. As the Midrash explains: “With each baby, the world begins anew.”
Brit Milah: From the time of Abraham and Sarah, Jews have been called to enter the covenant, as described in the Torah (Genesis, Chapter 17, Verse 12): “And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every male throughout your generations.” GRS will help you find a mohel to perform the ritual circumcision (Brit Milah or bris) of your son. Rabbi Sklarz can assist in the naming ceremony for your family that welcomes your son into the Covenant of Israel. If you do not wish to have a traditional circumcision ceremony, a Brit Shalom is an alternative.
Brit Ha-Chayim: The egalitarian tradition of GRS is to welcome baby girls into the covenant of Israel with a naming ceremony. Whether you prefer to name your daughter at a Shabbat service or in a private ceremony, Rabbi Sklarz is happy to help your family create a meaningful ceremony at a time and date of your mutual convenience.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation
For information on celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and confirmation at GRS, please click here.
Rabbi Sklarz joyfully offers warm, contemporary, and personalized Jewish wedding ceremonies, and embraces those in interfaith and/or same sex relationships. Upon contacting GRS, Rabbi Sklarz will invite you and your beloved for an initial meeting, providing the opportunity for the two of you to get to know him, ask any questions you may have, share your personal desires, and gain an understanding of the Jewish wedding ceremony. During subsequent meetings, he will work with you to craft a service that is special for each couple and meaningful and enjoyable for all guests. As a trained clinical social worker, Rabbi Sklarz is also available to assist with issues that extend beyond the chuppah (wedding canopy).
Illness and End-of-Life Concerns
The GRS congregational family helps its members during difficult periods. Our clergy and community are a source of comfort during times of illness and sorrow, providing the caring concern and religious services desired. In addition to being a compassionate spiritual leader, Rabbi Sklarz is also a trained clinical social worker with expertise in counseling members through challenging periods.