Congregation Emek Shalom is committed to serving the needs of all Jews in
The City by providing new pathways to Jewish education, worship, and community. We are an intimate community that embraces difference and that is caring and supportive of each member as an individual.
We sponsor regular Shabbat services and family Holy Day celebrations, providing varied opportunities for collective worship and drawing from both the Renewal and Reconstructionist traditions. Reconstructionist services are characterized by equal roles for both genders and by the use of translations of the Hebrew prayers which do not employ gender-biased language, as well as alternate versions of some prayers that many contemporary Jews find problematic. Our prayerbook, Kol HaNeshamah, contains extensive transliteration and notes (as well as interpretative versions of prayers in English) to aid in understanding the prayers both intellectually and spiritually.
As Reconstructionists, we conduct intimate worship services in which everyone is involved,
and these services are not dominated by our rabbi, Sol Rubenstein. The members of Congregation Emek Shalom connect themselves to a 4,000-year-old worldwide community of Jews, to Israel and to the modern community we call The City.
Background music is the Israel National Anthem. Here are the lyrics:
So long as still within our breasts
The Jewish heart beats true,
So long as still towards the East,
To Zion, looks the Jew,
So long our hopes are not yet lost
Two thousand years we cherished them
To live in freedom in the land
Of Zion and Jerusalem.