Religious Life

Ohev Tzedek strives to be a kehillah kedoshah (a holy community). We work hard to fulfill our religious obligations so we may take part in the repair of God’s world in both the spiritual and the physical realms.

 

Prayer With Kavannah

Jewish prayer, is a central component of the lived Jewish experience. To pray with kavanah, mindful intention, is our individual and collective goal. The focus of this spiritual endeavor is Shabbat. Each week, Shabbat morning services attract local worshippers.

Our Jewish tradition also teaches the value of devoting time regularly, both individually and as a community, in prayer and contemplation. OT’s lay-led morning minyan meets every third Thursday to pray together, joining spiritually with Jews worldwide, and physically as an intimate community of OT members, so there are at least 10 Jews to say kaddish during mourning or when observing a yahrzeit. The holy days and festivals of the Jewish year and the life cycles of our members are likewise marked in accord with Jewish tradition and with inspired prayer and music.

 

Halakhah

We believe that contemporary Jews who are fully at home in the modern world need to freely embrace a system of religious practice—halakhah—because meaning cannot be sustained without a consistent practice. We thus challenge our members to embrace the spiritual discipline of observance and to seek out guidance and support in this effort via study at OT classes or at other institutions in the area as well as from the Rabbi and other members of the OT congregation. Ohev Tzedek is a great place to learn about Jewish practice.