Prayer services are held every morning, as well as every Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening, and all holidays and special occasions. The services conducted today are virtually the same as during the eighteenth century.
The service is totally in Hebrew and read by the Hazan (Reader) and/or chanted by the congregation. The only changes are the sermon in English, the reading of the prayer for the government in English (currently without reference to the sovereignty of England), and the addition of a prayer for the State of Israel. Our Tish'a Be'Ab service, during which the Hehal (ark) is draped in black and the service is read by candlelight, is unique to our tradition and attracts a large number of worshippers interested in viewing and participating in something different and special.
In order to enhance the joy of Shabbat (Oneg Shabbat), the following is the schedule for Shabbat morning services:
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