In the tempestuous ocean of time and toll there are islands of stillness where a person may enter a harbor and reclaim her dignity. The island is the seventh day, the Sabbath.” // A.J. Heschel

Every seventh day we are called to step out of the world as it is, and reimagine the world as it ought to be. To stand on the margins of society rather than deep within it, and see – with new perspective – what is broken, what is beautiful and what is possible.

We take this holy task very seriously. At IKAR, Shabbat is the central organizing principle of the community. It not only forms the rhythm of our week, but after some time has started to form the rhythm of our lives. It is the constant reminder that things need not be as they are – in our lives, in our community, in the world. And it is the reminder that each of us is surrounded by blessings – hidden and revealed – but often we must SLOW DOWN to recognize and celebrate the abundance.

Our services are traditional and experimental, contemplative and ecstatic. They are a fusion of spirit and purpose, old and new, east and west, Yair Dalal and Bono. As for food, it’s always vegetarian and certainly yummy.

You don’t have to be a ringer to be touched by Shabbat davening at IKAR. You won’t be the only one who doesn’t read Hebrew, feels more comfortable in Shavasuna than Shabbes, or is wearing jeans and sneaks. This is truly an eclectic community – the shmoozers in the back are as likely rabbis and rab students as they are comedy writers, rocket scientists (yes, we actually have one!) and baristas. The service is designed to welcome and stretch us all – wherever we come in, we ought to leave in a different place.

We typically meet every Shabbat morning and every other Friday night, but there are quirks and irregularities (especially over the summer) – so please always check the website calendar. Want to honor a special occasion on Shabbat? Read about nosherizing at IKAR.

Kabbalat Shabbat

1st Friday every month at 6:45 PM
J’lem style. That’s beautiful & musical, traditional & creative, intense & fluid, short & sweet. On the rocks.
This service is followed by an oneg and a chance to shmooze, learn and drink Scotch.


SoulFood Shabbes

3rd Friday every month at 6:15 PM
Make a night of it: This service is followed by a catered vegetarian dinner and a chance to start a conversation (or a romance), to relax and not have to worry about the dishes.



Shabbat AM
Services Every Saturday at 9:15 AM
Shabbat morning services are followed by a communal kiddush and lunch.

Limudim – experiential learning for children ages 5 to 12 – is held most Saturdays during the school year during Shabbat Morning Services at 9:15 AM.


For children under 5, childcare is provided.