Services at the WJC
Friday Evening Shabbat Services begin at 7:30 pm.
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services begin at 10 am.
SPARKS is an acronym for Sacred Participation And Renewal Kehillat Lev Shalem. The goal of SPARKS is to create more congregational leadership within Shabbat services, enriching the spiritual strength of our community. We will accomplish this goal by good old-fashioned matchmaking to connect learning partners and mentors. Once connected, each team will explore different parts of the service, delving into any area that interests them.
Perhaps you would like to learn how to give a d’var Torah, how to lead a prayer in Hebrew or English, or how to dress and lift the Torah. SPARKS will match you up with a mentor who can teach you how these things are done. The wonderful thing about this program is one-on-one and small group mentoring. Participants don’t have to commit to a particular amount of time or a full series of classes in order to learn. Mentors and learning partners will get together according to their own levels of interests and time constraints. They may meet only once, for as little as an hour, or they may decide to spend more time learning together.
Where are you on your spiritual journey? How would you like to grow? What would you like to explore? Is there a skill you would like to learn or develop? Maybe you would like to buddy with a newcomer to our services, become a greeter, or lead the Kiddush prayers. Through this program, you will have the opportunity to study any part of the service that interests you.
We will hold occasional Shabbat morning services, led by Rabbi Jonathan, that will focus on igniting our SPARKS. Congregants will participate in various parts of the service, making the services more special and alive. After the service, we will have a lunch-and-learn with Rabbi Jonathan, where mentors and learning partners can enjoy fellowship and share their learnings and projects.
SPARKS exists to help us tend the fires of our hearts and spirits, empowering us to take active roles in our spiritual community. If you would like to learn or mentor, please contact Gail Albert at firstname.lastname@example.org, Pauline Tamari at email@example.com, or Ellen Triebwasser at firstname.lastname@example.org.