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Shabbat services are held each week on Saturday morning; in addition, throughout the year we hold one or two Friday evening services each month, one oriented toward families and another toward mature worshipers. Check the calendar for the dates and times of the Friday Kabbalat Shabbat services. Friday services last for about one hour. The services use the Reconstructionist prayer book, Kol Haneshamah. Following the services, we are currently scheduling catered dinners; other special events are sometimes held immediately following the service.

The Saturday Shabbat service begins at 10:00 am and includes the Torah service. It lasts approximately two hours and we alternate using Kol Haneshamah and the Conservative prayer book Sim Shalom. A kiddush lunch is held after the service, and that is followed by adult learning on some Saturdays.

Families mark the occasion of bat and bar mitzvah at our Shabbat morning service. Other lifecycle events and simchas may also be observed.

Services are held for many major and minor holidays, sometimes in conjunction with members of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, the Reform synagogue in East Lansing.

Holidays are observed not only with services but also with community celebrations, tzedakah activities and big events like our yearly Purim spiel.