Shabbat at Olam Tikvah is comfortable and friendly. We use Siddur Sim Shalom as our prayer book and Etz Hayim for the Chumash. We do not have a professional chazzan, nor do we use instrumental music on Shabbat. Our congregants love to participate in the singing, and our talented lay leaders guide us dynamically and tunefully.
On Friday nights we typically welcome Shabbat with a 6:15pm service that often features Carlebach melodies. There is no sermon, and everyone has the opportunity to return to family and friends for Shabbat dinner. When the weather cooperates, we welcome Shabbat outside on our patio.
Shabbat mornings offer a wealth of worship and learning opportunities for all ages. We hold one congregational service, beginning at 9:30am. Men and women of all ages - from age 13 through grandparents - lead portions of the service, receive aliyot, and read Torah. It's not unusual for younger children, below b'nai mitzvah age, to lead the chanting of specific prayers. Most Shabbat mornings also include age specific youth services for children from 18 months old through sixth grade. The morning ends with everyone back in the sanctuary for Adon Olam and Kiddush. The congregation always enjoys lunch together following services.