Shabbat at PAS

Beginning September 6, 2019:
Kabbalat Shabbat Services will take place in the Sanctuary at 50 E. 87th Street.
Shabbat Morning Services will take place in the Sanctuary at 50 E. 87th Street beginning on Saturday, September 7. Kiddush will follow services and take place in Darlington Hall at 2 E. 90th Street until further notice.

Jewish mysticism teaches that the Sabbath is a foretaste of the world to come. Every other day of the week, we stand aware of the gap between the world as it is and as it ought to be; the difference between who we are and who we seek to be. Once a week, by way acts of learning, prayer, and community building we are extended the opportunity to close the gap – filling our lives with acts of sanctified living.

Shabbat at PAS includes worship, parashah study, music, lectures, discussions, support groups, and celebrations from Friday evening through Saturday evening. Please take a moment to find your entrée into Shabbat at PAS. More importantly, commit to making Shabbat a sacred pause in the rhythm of your week.

Descriptions of ongoing Shabbat worship and program opportunities can be found below. A calendar of upcoming events is located to the right under Upcoming Worship & Programs. In addition to our ongoing programs,  many one-time youth, educational, and music opportunities take place during Shabbat at PAS. Check the website calendar, monthly bulletin and other PAS communications for specific dates and times and additional details for all services and programs.

Erev Shabbat
Shabbat Morning
Shabbat Early Afternoon
Shabbat Late Afternoon

Erev Shabbat

(Unless otherwise specified in descriptions, dates and times can be found on the right side of the screen under Upcoming Worship and Programs.)

Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat Evening
Recharge your spirit as we welcome Shabbat with a musical, lively, family friendly service. A live band adds rhythm and moves everyone to sing along. The warmth continues whether we schmooze and enjoy a sweet treat before going home for Shabbat dinner or stay for a Shabbat dinner with the community.

Rock Kabbalat Shabbat
Kabbalat Shabbat will rock with the participation of the PAS Teen Rock Band.

Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinners for Families with Young Children
Families with children ages newborn to pre-K are invited to join our clergy for a family friendly service, followed immediately by a child-friendly buffet dinner and short program. Each month, children with birthdays that month will receive a birthday blessing and a small gift. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Congregational School Kabbalat Shabbat Friday Evening Experiences
Gather for Kabbalat Shabbat followed by festive dinner (or festive dinner followed by Kabbalat Shabbat). Registration required.

Ramah Minyan
Any and all young people are invited to join Camp Ramah alumni from all over the city in prayer and festivities. Join us for a spirit-filled service followed by drinks.

Adult Learning Shabbat Dinner Series
Join together in prayer, share a meal as a community, and learn from noted scholars on topics of social, intellectual, and spiritual interest. Registration is required by the Monday before the dinner. Space is limited.

Shabbat Dinner Series: Teen Edition
Teens will be seated together at the Shabbat Dinner Series and will also have teen-only Friday evening events.

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Shabbat Morning

Shaharit and Parashat HaShavua
Join in P’sukei D’zimrah and Shaharit and an engaging study of the morning’s Torah portion.

PAS Youth Choir
Children in grades K–5 are invited to start Shabbat morning with breakfast and singing. The PAS Youth Choir meets before Congregational School and sings in services throughout the year. For more information, please contact Stacy Hankins at

Window on Israel
Rabbi Neil Zuckerman and guests
Facilitated by Rabbi Neil Zuckerman and featuring special guests, hear perceptive presentations and join in dynamic discussion of critical issues concerning Israel.

Community Shabbat Worship
Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, Rabbi Neil Zuckerman, and Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky preach and conduct our Sanctuary service together with Cantor Azi Schwartz, and Cantor Rachel Brook. After the service, meet friends and have a snack at Kiddush.

Tot Tefillah: Young Family Shabbat Morning Services
Services include Shabbat songs, dancing, a story, and other activities and end with Kiddush and a light snack before joining in the community Kiddush that follows services in the Sanctuary.

The Havurah is a lay-led, child-friendly Shabbat morning service open to individuals and families of all ages who want an intimate and informal prayer experience. We invite people of all skill levels to participate by leading a part of the service, reading Torah or Haftarah or by facilitating a Torah discussion.

Congregational School Shabbat Experiences

  1. Gan, Alef and Bet (K–2) Family Shabbat Experiences
    Parents and children will come together in song, prayer and learning at a family-oriented service.
  2. Gimel and Dalet (Grades 3 & 4) Family Shabbat Experiences
    Families will join the community Shabbat service in the Sanctuary for and then leave together for a family learning session.
  3. Hey and Vav (Grades 5 & 6) Family Shabbat Experiences
    Families will join the community Shabbat service in the Sanctuary for the beginning of the Torah service and then leave together for a family learning session.
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Early Afternoon

Shabbat Minha
Minha services take place immediately following Kiddush. There is no afternoon/evening service at 5:45 pm on Saturdays.

Post-Kiddush Learning
After Kiddush, join us to learn from noted scholars on topics of social, intellectual, and spiritual interest.

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Late Afternoon

Parent/ Teen Shabbat Study with Rabbi Cosgrove
Post-Bnei Mitzvah learners and their parents are invited to meet at Rabbi Cosgrove’s apartment for a discussion, schmoozing, snacks, and Shabbat fun!

Vav Book Club
Vav (Grade 6) learners and their parents are invited to join Rabbi Cosgrove for two book discussions each year.

Havdalah for Families with Young Children
Havdalah (Hebrew for “distinction”) is the ritual that separates Shabbat from the rest of the week. Led by members of the clergy, we end Shabbat with a crafts project or other activity, a short service, and a snack.

Hazzan’s Tisch
Savor the last part of Shabbat at Cantor Azi Schwartz’s home. We’ll schmooze, snack, sing, say ma’ariv (the evening service) together and end with Havdalah. Registration is required. Space is limited.

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