Mount Freedom Jewish Center

Shabbat

In Rabbinic Tradition, Shabbat is treated as though it is a piece of the world to come. We strive to create an environment where everyone feels that sense of heavenly peace and welcome and love on Shabbat. You need not be a member to attend services. On Friday night, during daylight savings, we meet at Sundown; for the rest of the year, we meet at 630 PM. Friday Night and Shabbat Day Services are held in the Main Sanctuary. Following the Talmudic tradition, women and men sit separately. However, distinct from Talmudic practice, we do not seat in a balcony. Rather, men’s and women’s sections are side by side, with a mechitza divider down the middle of the room. For a newcomer, you would not be able to identify which side is the men’s and which is the women’s. This is by design. As an open Orthodox, community-minded congregation, we want to engage as many people, as often as possible in communal and ritual life.  Similarly, while we encourage Halachik Shabbat observance and practices, we do not judge or denigrate fellow Jews who do not adhere to these strictures. Our parking lot is open on Shabbat. We believe that so much more is to be gained by engagement and connection than by excommunication. Inside our building and in prayer space, we ask for respect and participation. Please leave cell phones outside the building and please speak to God in prayer.

We want children to feel like the synagogue is their spiritual home too. During Shabbat services, we provide Childcare every Shabbat. Children will play, pray, and do projects. Every month, we provide children with specific, pedagogic synagogue-based experiences. Educators in our community volunteer to provide a unique Shabbat experience for children.  We invite all children – boys and girls – every Shabbat to lead the closing for the community.

After services every week, we host a kiddush and refreshments. Our kiddush committee welcomes sponsored kiddushes for a special event. Every other month, or so, we host a Shared Kiddush to honor and celebrate community members milestones or loved ones.

Shabbat afternoons services meet in the small sanctuary approximately an hour before Shabbat ends. In between afternoon and evening services, we eat the 3rd meal, sing songs and study ethical or mystical texts to bring with us some inspiration as Shabbat is about to depart.

It is a value in Jewish community life to host guests in our homes. We encourage an environment where invitations are the norm. Communal connections are built, friendships are made and loneliness is alleviated when we open our homes to each other. To that end, if you would like to host guests in your home for a Shabbat meal or if you would like to visit our community for Shabbat and you need home hospitality, please be in touch with the Rabbi or our Chesed committee.

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 202
Mt. Freedom, NJ 07970

Synagogue Address

1209 Sussex Turnpike
Randolph, NJ 07869

Contact Us

Phone — (973) 895-2100
Fax — (973) 447-7646
Email — office@mtfjc.org

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