Prayer Services

Shabbat

Kabbalat Shabbat

What happens during the Friday night prayer service.

Bible

Why Jews Read Torah on a Yearly Cycle

The history of the weekly portion — and the different schedules on which it's done.

Yom Kippur

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Yom Kippur

Impress your friends and family with these little-known facts about the Day of Atonement.

How to Have an Aliyah

What you should know before you're called to the Torah.

Guide to the Synagogue Sanctuary, From Ark to Yad

An introduction to the parts that make up a synagogue sanctuary.

Jewish Prayers and Liturgy 101

An overview of the texts that guide Jewish worship.

Yizkor, the Jewish Memorial Service

Yizkor is the memorial service recited four times a year by the congregation during Jewish holiday services.

Yom Kippur In the Community

What to expect in synagogue on the Day of Atonement.

A Guide to Yom Kippur Prayers

The Day of Atonement contains more services than any other observance in Judaism.

Liturgy & Prayers Quiz

How much do you know about liturgy and prayers for regular days, Shabbat and holidays?

Daily Prayer: Shachrit, Mincha and Maariv

What distinguishes the three services from one another?

Neilah Service: Closing of the Gates

The concluding service of Yom Kippur.

Sermons in the Synagogue

Rabbinic sermonizing has a long history in Judaism.