Introduction to Congregational Life

Why join a Reform congregation? What can you expect at Shabbat services? Learn the answers to these and many other questions.

Why Join a Reform Congregation?

Each synagogue is unique, with its own distinct character and culture. But all synagogues have one fundamental thing in common: they are the Centers for Jewish Living in your community.

Find a Congregation Near You

Find connection, community, learning, and spirituality at a welcoming Reform congregation near you.

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Reform Sanctuary Customs

In Reform congregations, Shabbat services are customarily held on Friday night and Saturday morning. Service times may vary from week to week depending on the community and the occasion. Most congregations have websites, or you might ask the congregation if to add your name to the temple bulletin mailing list, which usually includes a schedule of all services and events.

New to Jewish Prayer? Nine Tips for Beginners

Perhaps you’ve been to Shabbat services, and found them mystifying, or you've been invited to a bar mitzvah service and have no idea what to do. Here are some ways to get something out of the experience as a beginner.