Riverdale Temple strives to perpetuate and encourage these three world-sustaining pursuits, which became the traditional functions of every synagogue.
- Torah — We embrace “Torah” in the broadest sense: Traditional Jewish study fortified with the most advanced and sophisticated academic tools available from modern scholarship.
- Worship — We offer regular Sabbath worship, every Friday evening and Saturday morning. Spiritual fulfillment is a very personal matter and what nourishes the soul of some members may alienate others. Different services, therefore, offer different approaches to prayer.
- Family Friendly Friday: we hold a family-friendly service on the first Friday evening of each month. It is led by our children’s choir and geared toward young children, and followed by a pot-luck, dairy (and nut-free) dinner.
- Tot Shabbat: On the second and fourth Friday afternoon we hold a “Tot Shabbat” for children six years old and under (older siblings welcome). This 45-minute service includes singing, the lighting of the Shabbat candles, prayer, dance, story telling, crafts — and concludes with Kiddush (the blessing over grape juice) and Motzi (the blessing over the bread, or challah, along with a favorite nursery school song).
- Traditional Reform Service: Once a month we hold a “traditional Reform” service, complete with pipe-organ and professional choir. The remaining Sabbath Eve services are an evolving mix of participatory singing and praying designed to welcome in the Sabbath spirit of peace and rest. Our Shabbat morning services are completely participatory. The central element of Saturday morning’s worship is the reading of the Torah and Haftarah, followed by a stimulating discussion led by the rabbi, and with all opinions and contributions welcome.
- Acts of Loving Kindness: Riverdale Temple has become, over the past several years, a true family and an integral part of our larger, local community. We create and promote a wide range of outreach efforts. Importantly, the hallmark of our our family gatherings is the inclusion of every age group, orientation, background, family structure, interest or any other identification you can imagine. This diversity is a source of great pride and pleasure to us all. We try, consciously, to nurture our connections to each other.