A Joyful Noise

It’s Shabbat on steroids (but in a good way)! While the word “Joyful” speaks for itself, the “Noise” is really the electric, spiritually and physically uplifting sound of the whole congregation sharing songs, prayers, and the energy of life.

What’s the secret? Well, for starters, there’s a 12-member band, including rhythm and horn sections—trying out new and innovative approaches to traditional melodies and prayers. Safe to say, it’s a bit different than the guitar and electric piano music that we all enjoy at other services.

Then there are the huge screens—two of them—on which the lyrics of songs and the words of prayers appear in English and transliterated Hebrew, super-imposed over beautiful photographs that help to set the mood. Because the screens provide everything you need to read, there’s no need for prayer books. And that means you can keep your eyes on musicians and worshippers around you, while your hands are free to clap, wave, or hold your family close.

Although it certainly isn’t a quiet service, “A Joyful Noise,” which is scheduled every six to eight weeks, remains very respectful and loving toward Jewish tradition. It is, like everything else at Woodlands, a place to which one can come for spiritual reflection and support.

A Joyful Noise Shabbat services are scheduled on the following Friday nights, always at 8 pm, throughout 2016-17 (5777):

September 23

December 2

February 3

April 7

May 5