Shabbat and Havdalah

Kahal Chaverim hosts Shabbat services in Morris County, Essex County, Bergen County, Somerset County, and Union County, New Jersey. Kahal Chaverim members volunteer to host Shabbat at their homes, and the services consist of a 30-minute Shabbat service followed by a pot-luck dessert and time to catch up with fellow Kahal Chaverim members. Adults, children, and guests are welcome at our northern New Jersey Shabbat services.

Click here to view our calendar and see when our next Shabbat service is.

The essence of Shabbat is deeply compatible with our humanistic Judaism philosophy: to create a special moment in time when we set aside the work of our daily lives and rejuvenate our spirit for the week ahead. Each Shabbat celebration is different, although the structure for each Shabbat service is similar. Included as regular components of our services are:

Songs from traditional Jewish sources (sometimes updated to more appropriately express our humanistic values).

Modern, contemporary music in English, Hebrew and Yiddish.

Meditational literature drawing on the works of great thinkers throughout history that helps us focus, define our philosophy, and strengthen the bonds with our congregation.

A memorial and candle lighting that allow us to remember our loved ones and honor those who have influenced our lives.

Other content as determined by our host family and ceremonial leader.”

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Learn more about our Ceremonial Leader, who performs ceremonies for our community as well as for non members.

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Kahal Chaverim is a growing community that brings together families from all around Morris and neighboring counties to celebrate Jewish culture and values. We are one of 30 congregations affiliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism, founded in 1963 by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine.