Weekly Sabbath Eve services begin on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. They are held in our sanctuary and include a sermon by our rabbi. Riverdale Temple has long been known for its dedication to musical quality and innovation. Our musical style is varied and constantly evolving, but always participatory. The first Friday evening of every month is a special family Shabbat service, followed by a potluck (dairy, nut-free) dinner in our social hall. This service starts at 6:30. Our Junior Choir, composed of students from our religious school, from ages 5-15, and trained by our cantor, lead the majority of the service. Tot Shabbat services take place twice a month and begin at 6:00. Check our home page and our calendar for further details about these services.
Sabbath Morning services feature an open discussion of the weekly Torah portion, led by Rabbi Gardner. Our congregation is following a seven-year cycle of reading the Torah; each year reading one "aliyah" of the traditional Torah portion for that week. (During 5777 we will be reading the 7th aliyah). The Torah is usually read with translation, and is chanted. Members of the congregation (and guests) are encouraged to participate as ba'alei k'riyah.
All Saturday services are followed by a Kiddush in the ballroom.