Here at M’kor Shalom, our worship services often create those special moments of connection that we refer to as “M’kor Moments.” We thrive on fully inclusive, participatory and inspiring worship experiences that balance kevah (the words in our prayerbook) with kavanah (the spontaneity and intention of our hearts). Music plays a major role in the culture of our congregation and is a key part of every service. We use both traditional and contemporary melodies, and we encourage everyone to join in as fully as they desire. We find great meaning and inspiration in joining our voices in prayer and song.
We use both Hebrew and English during our services, and our prayerbook is completely transliterated, so that everyone can feel comfortable praying with us and being able to follow along. We have also begun an exciting new initiative using Visual T’filah during some of our Shabbat services. Prayers and songs are projected on a large screen to display liturgy intermingled with art and other visual imagery. Visual T'filah allows us to enhance our prayer in creative and dynamic ways and helps us find new and deeper meaning in the words we say. We also webcast our services over the Internet, so those who are unable to be with us in person are still able to feel connected to, and are still able to pray with, their congregational family.
At M’kor Shalom we deeply value the meaning of l’dor va-dor, of being able to come together across the generations and celebrate Shabbat and holidays as a Family of Families. We take tremendous pride in our Tot Shabbat and Junior Congregation services, along with our Family Shabbat and Holiday services and programming for members of the congregation and community with special needs. We also hold alternative services, such as healing services, at designated times throughout the year, recognizing that people come to prayer with different needs and emotions at different times throughout their lives. We strive to be a spiritual home where all can come together to mark sacred times during the year and in our lives; and we seek to be a safe space (a true M’kor Shalom, Source of Peace) where we can leave the stresses of the week at the door, and enter into the sacred space of our sanctuary or chapel as we relax, study, learn, pray and sing together.