Soulful Services





Makom Shabbat Shalom: Friday nite Shabbat service and potluck where we gather to sing, sigh, breathe and share a meal together.   A joyful respite from the “doing” of the week to the “being” of Shabbat.


Fri evenings @6:30 for singing and prayer; Potluck supper to follow;

please being a vegetarian/dairy dish.

2015-6 Dates:  Jan 8th; March 11th; April 8th; May 13th; June 10th Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 236 South Bedford Rd Mt Kisco NY 10549. Cost: $25


Through music, quiet contemplative space, and the wisdom of Torah, we invite you to join us in the sacred carved space of Shabbat. Many of us yearn for experiences that can enrich our lives so we can live with more gratitude, compassion, kindness and love. It is our intention that our Shabbat services can transport us to this place of connection and meaning. We hope you will join us


Makom Shalom Baboker : Morning Prayer Walk

Many people have enjoyed making God’s sanctuary our own as we resume this wonderful practice of combining contemplative prayer in nature.  Watch for Fall dates and locations. Saturday mornings 10:30-12PM; Cost: $18

See emails and website for specific locations for each walk.


We come together in the most natural setting for prayer-God’s world of nature. We will walk, talk, sing, pray and have some contemplative space for communing with nature, the Source of our Creation and ourselves. Bring layers, sunscreen, bug repellent, water and your soul.


Sunday Soul Spa:

A sacred gathering of prayer, song & ritual for healing of body and healing of spirit;
respite from unrest; a sanctuary to sigh, and a place of remembrance for a loved one on their yahrzeit.

Cost: $25; location provided upon rsvp


Watch for Spring dates; Cost: $25; location provided upon rsvp



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High Holiday Services: Jews Without Shuls

For the 2nd year in a row we offered members of the tribe a place to find the holiness, beauty and meaning of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We are grateful our offering resonated with people as you will see below.

2015 dates: Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday Sept 13; 1st day RH: Monday Sept 14; 2nd day RH: Tuesay Sept 15th; Erev Yom Kipppur/Kol Nidre: Tuesday Sept 22; Yom Kippur day: Wed Sept 23

“I just wanted to tell you how much my wife and I enjoyed your Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur services.  It was heart felt and spiritually uplifting.”

“I really enjoyed the service and walked out feeling great!

I felt engaged during the service and didn’t experience the mind wandering that I usually do (of course it was new and I had no idea what to expect). Your service was both spiritual and optimistic, which ultimately provoked self reflection. “

“Loved the service!  Just beautiful and so warm and genuine.”

“Thank you again for making our holidays so special this year.  We enjoyed the services and I find myself humming some of the tunes from the services even at work!  The services were engaging and accessible and memorable!  “

“I want to thank you again for opening up for me a new world of Jewish observance and spirituality. This is the first time in a long time that I can say I am looking forward to Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services.”

“The services were so much more meaningful than the services I have attended over the last 20 years. Your presentation and the specialness you attach to the prayers, along with the purpose and meaning of things,made me feel so much more connected to my prayer. This is very important to me this year as I look for a spiritual connection in my life. I hope to stay connected with you and join a Shabbat service if I can.”



20th century theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel describes Shabbat as “a palace in time.”
We all have incredibly busy lives. We run from one “to do” list item to the next. Technology has made our lives easier so they say, but it has sped up the speed of our lives, often compromised quality time with our families, and can even disconnect us from ourselves.


Shabbat is a time to breathe a big deep breath and to nurture ourselves on the level of the soul- neshama. Research shows that taking a break either for lunch every day, regular vacations and even daily meditation can help calm the mind and restore our bodies on the physical level. Shabbat is the weekly spiritual technology for restoration.


The brilliance and wisdom of Judaism is that somehow it was known that human nature would not be able to stop creating/doing/working on their own.  Instead, Shabbat was created to gently invite us to stop the work of creation and to take a step back, as God did after the world was created. It is a time to look at what we are creating on the other six days. It is a time for reflection to insure we are spending our valuable time on the things, people and passions that matter most to us.


Literally, Shabbat is a twenty five hour period of time from sunset on Friday evening to Saturday evening when three stars emerge in the sky. It begins with the joy of Kabbalat Shabbat-welcoming Shabbat Friday night with songs and prayers in a synagogue setting. At home it is marked with the blessings over 2 candles, making kiddush, a prayer over the wine and the holiness of Shabbat, along with the blessing over 2 challahs. This is usually followed with a festive meal or “take in” on a white tablecloth!


On Saturday morning people can attend services to pray and hear the Torah read or alternatively it is a time to rest, read, walk in nature and take that Shabbat shluff (nap) without feeling guilty! The spirit of the day is about allowing oneself to do what the soul asks as well as abstain from all the things you don’t want to do but can’t normally give yourself permission to refrain from…making the bed, doing laundry, returning phone calls, sending emails, errands and anything else on your “to do” list that you don’t want to do.


We look forward to welcoming you and your soul to our Friday night Shabbat experience.