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Knesset Israel is, first and foremost, a beit tefilla, a house of prayer. The services, participatory and welcoming, are usually lay-led. Knesset Israel prides itself on offering many opportunities for members of the community to further their skills as shlihei tzibbur-leaders of prayer-through the classes, guidance and vocal coaching of Knesset Israel's Goldblum Tefilla Institute. Adults and teenagers of all genders participate equally in the process of learning and leading services.

Services during the Pandemic

Please consult KI's calendar for the times of services offered in person, by livestream and/or Zoom. We have continued to gather for shabbat and weekdays, in a variety of ways, since March, 2020.

Livestream services often involve assembling a small minyan in the KI sanctuary. If you are interested in attending those services in person, please email the KI office for information about health precautions, travel restrictions and expectations.

Service Schedule & Description

Knesset Israel's weekday services take place on Sunday mornings and Tuesdays and Thursday evenings. The service functions as the spiritual core of synagogue life. The service is egalitarian, counting adults and teens of all genders in the minyan, and offers opportunities for many different people to lead the service. Please contact the synagogue office a week in advance of a yahrzeit so that we can work together on ensuring the presence of a minyan.

Sunday - 8:45 a.m. In Person or Livestream
Tuesday & Thursday - 7:00 p.m. (Zoom)

Shabbat services at Knesset Israel are a highlight of the week. Most weeks, we welcome shabbat with a traditional service at 5:45 p.m. on Friday evenings; Shirei Shabbat musical services, followed by a kosher dinner, take place several times a year - these services start at 5:30 p.m. The shabbat morning service, at 9:30 a.m., features strong lay leadership, congregational singing and Torah study, usually facilitated by our rabbi. A kiddush reception, and sometimes a luncheon, follows the service around noon. During the school year, Hebrew School classes, including Junior Congregation, take place on shabbat morning, making our synagogue a dynamic, exciting place to participate in Jewish life every shabbat.

Friday - 5:45 p.m. (in-person and livestream)
Saturday - 9:30 a.m. (in-person and livestream)

Shirei Shabbat
Please join KI for our lively, musical shabbat celebrations and volunteer-prepared dinners.
Select Friday Nights, 5:30 p.m. For specific dates and to make a reservation, go to Shirei Shabbat. (COVID update: Though this style of service happens periodically and is accessible (at 5:45 p.m.) in person and on live stream, the meal will only return when it is safe and legal to serve.)

The Jewish year provides ample opportunity for celebration. Visitors to the Berkshires join year-round residents for festive holiday experiences on Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. Dancing fills the congregation's social hall on the eve of Simhat Torah, and our annual Purim party and Megillah reading are not to be missed.

For service times, please consult the calendar.

Thu, April 15 2021 3 Iyyar 5781