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.
Knesset Israel’s weekday services take place on Sundays and Tuesdays. 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. Services are always held as scheduled. 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. and 7:00 p.m.
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.
Between Labor Day and Passover, we gather an intimate minyan for minha, maariv and havdala as shabbat comes to a close. Between minha and maariv, Rabbi Weiner offers a class. The course of study has included Psalms, Pirqe Avot, Hasidic text and studies in classical Midrash.
Saturday afternoons—seasonal; please check calendar
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.
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.