Shabbat

Shabbat at Woodlands is a celebration. And every Shabbat is a new experience. Some weeks it's A Joyful Noise. Other weeks it's a Mishpakha Shabbat service. Sometimes we turn to Makom Shelibi Oheyv, the newest in the series of prayer books—siddurim—our members have created over the last 45 years. Other times we revisit the "yellow," "brown," "orange," or "flowers" siddurim—or test out the new "beta" version of an updated selection of readings from those early prayer books. And sometimes we forego the printed page entirely for Visual Worship, turning our attention to two large screens above the bimah—and to our fellow participants in the Woodlands Shabbat experience: creative, passionate, joyful, innovative, and intensely participatory.

In this section you'll find an annotated schedule of upcoming services, descriptions of some of our special approaches to Shabbat services, and a look at how our siddurim came to be.

A Joyful Noise

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Friday, Oct 20, Dec 1 (our 10th aniversary!), Feb 9, Mar 2, May 11

In the mood for a Shabbat service that’s got a “beat”? If so, “A Joyful Noise” is for you.

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Mishpakha

Mishpakha Shabbat at 7:00 pm

Friday, Oct 27, Dec 15, Jan 19, Mar 9, May 18, Jun 15

For the entire congregation but earlier so families with kids can attend. Meaningful for adults, engaging for kids! If you like, join us for a quick dinner at 6:00 pm.  

Click here if you would like to RSVP to the dinner at 6:00 pm

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Jammin' Shabbat

Jammin' Shabbat (Formally Kidz Shabbat) is proof that no one’s too young—or too old—to be an active participant in life at Woodlands.

Jammin' Shabbat at 7:00 pm

Friday, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 22, Jan 12, Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 20, May 25

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Our Siddurim

Begun in 1966, the founders of Woodlands Community Temple sought to create a different kind of congregation. Focusing on the word “community,” they instilled in our members a feeling of belonging and involvement which has often been referred to as “the Woodlands Way.”

Very soon, the members of Woodlands began writing their own siddurim (prayer books). We'd thought our first one had been put together in 1973 but then Rabbi Sandy Ragins, who'd led our temple from 1968 to 1972, dropped off "Service for the Sabbath," which had made its appearance here in 1971.

What’s truly remarkable about these siddurim is how relevant the readings remain to this day. While we have updated some of the traditional prayers as Reform Judaism has evolved, and modified a bit of the English, also in response to changing times, these are living siddurim that we continue to use to this day.

The founders of this temple were not content to pray only the traditional words of our ancestors; they sought to renew and deepen the meaning of worship through contemporary writings. That has become a Woodlands tradition! And it is how we strive to pray today. We hope you'll stop by soon and share with us in this great, open, generous spirituality.

Sermons and Other Presentations

In case you missed one, here are sermons delivered during Shabbat (and perhaps other times):

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