The tradition of the Kiddush (which means "holy") takes place at Erev Shabbat. The representation in the blessings over the cup of wine and the bread are a remembrance of the Creation and the Shabbat. This is also a symbol of our redemption from slavery in Egypt. The practice of Kiddush is done by saying a blessing over the cup of wine, salt and challah (bread). This blesses the Shabbat and we are reminded of the blood Yeshua shed for the remission of our sins, as well as the giving of His body. We do not believe that the wine and bread actually become the body of Yeshua, as this would violate Scripture's command that we not eat the flesh or blood of a human. It is, however, a beautiful representation of His sacrifice at Passover and a time for reflection on our own lives. If there is anything that needs to be made right with G-d or with our brothers and sisters, this is a good time to think and act on this principle. In Scripture, revelation would take place during the "breaking of bread". We pray that during this time of sharing in the Kiddush the reality of Yeshua as Messiah will be revealed to you as well.
Netilat Yadayim (the ceremonial washing of hands):
Based in Scripture, a beautiful tradition practiced by our Jewish people today is that of Netilat Yadayim, or the washing of the hands. The person doing this blessing will wash his/her hands, each hand three times, using a special basin and cup. This is not done for hygienic reasons, but for symbolic purposes. The washing of our hands is a representation of holiness. Like our hands, our hearts, our minds and our tongues should be clean and right before HaShem. Scripture states, “Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7).
The Silent Amidah (Standing Prayer) is a time when we pray corporately, but silently. While standing, you may use this time to read and meditate on the Amidah in your Siddur, or to take time to have private meditation and prayer with the L-rd. Please be quiet during this time, and do not move about the sanctuary.
Kaddish is said for the remembrance of those who have passed away. Kaddish is not a prayer for the dead. In fact, there is no mention of death in the Kaddish at all. It is a prayer that asks G-d’s will to be done in our lives as in heaven. It is from this prayer that Yeshua gave what we know as “The L-rd’s Prayer.” Before saying Kaddish, we will ask you to stand and name the person(s) you are remembering. It can be a loved one, family member or a friend. Only those remembering will stand and should remain standing until it has concluded.
The Hebrew word “Oneg” means, “Delight”. One of the delights of the Shabbat is fellowship! After the service, we invite you stay for some “noshing”. We will serve bagels, cream cheese and a few desserts. Coffee and drinks will also be available. This is a great time and a privilege of getting to know each other better. Once a month, we will have a “meat oneg” where we bring and serve meat dishes (clean meats). During this oneg, we will not serve dairy products in keeping with the observance of Kashrut. Likewise, during a dairy oneg, meat products are not served. If you would like to bring a special dish, please check with someone as to its appropriateness.