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Spiritual and Religious Life
As an egalitarian, interfaith-friendly and welcoming community, we encourage participation by all whenever we come together to pray and to mark lifecycles.
Prayer Services at KHN
We love to sing at KHN, and we sing primarily in Hebrew. Our prayer books (siddurim) have Hebrew, transliteration, translation, historical notes, and poetry, making them accessible and inclusive.
Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat Services, except for the monthly Community Service, begin at 7:30 p.m. and are followed by an Oneg. The Community Service, or Mishpacha (family) begins at 6:15 p.m. with a dairy potluck followed by a family-friendly (and adult friendly) service from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. and is also followed by an Oneg.
During the Shul School season, we hold a monthly half hour mini-Kabbalat Shabbat service from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m to familiarize our students with Erev Shabbat prayers.
When there is a bar or bat mitzvah, Shabbat morning (Shaharit) services generally begin at 9:30 a.m. Some families opt for an afternoon (Mincha) service. Shabbat Zimra Shaharit services (singing, Torah readings, discussion) are at held at 10 a.m. once a month followed by a dairy potluck. We welcome people to help lead and participate in services and can provide teaching to interested members.
Non-members are always welcome to join us for Shabbat services.
We also hold occasional Havdalah services at members' homes. Please see our calendar for dates.
Several times a year, congregants open up their homes to other members on Shabbat. Meals are enjoyed together with the traditional blessings over candles, wine and challah in different homes and then all participants join together at Kehilat HaNahar for Shabbat services.
A few times a year we meet on a Shabbat morning for chanting in Hebrew, meditation, and studying Torah in a format that asks us to make connections between our own spiritual lives and the Torah portion of the week in a small group setting.
The High Holidays
We observe Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur with services and programs that are directed to people of all ages. They are accessible to people who come from strong Jewish backgrounds and to those who are just learning to formulate questions.
- On Erev Rosh Hashanah at 6:30 p.m., we have a brief service welcoming everybody with the traditional tunes and a sermon.
- On the first day of Rosh Hashana at 9:00 a.m., we host a long, traditional morning service using the Reconstructionist High Holiday Prayerbook (Machzor) with a sermon from the rabbi. The service is interspersed with modern and contemporary poems and readings.
- After the morning service, at around 12:45 pm, we head to the Delaware for Taslich.
- We offer a family-oriented service at 2:30 PM in the sanctuary, complete with shofar blowing (except on Shabbat), highlighting the main prayers. The service is punctuated by teachings and questions families can talk through with each other.
- We meet again for services on the second day of Rosh Hashana at 9:45 AM. This service features traditional prayers and text study in place of a sermon.
- On Kol Nidre we have services and a sermon.
- As on the first day of Rosh Hashana, we host a morning service at 9:00 am in our sanctuary, ending with Yikzor, prayers of remembrance.
- At 2:00 – 3:15 PM our family-oriented service is held in the sanctuary.
- We return in the afternoon for a program, followed by concluding services of Yom Kippur, including the chanting of the Book of Jonah, and Ne’ilah services.
Holidays and Yizkor
We observe the other major Jewish holidays with services and programs and offer Yizkor services during the holidays of Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuot.
KHN Community Seder
Each year KHN hosts a community Passover seder at a local facility. This vibrant seder is filled with joyous singing and dancing and often focuses on a relevant social justice issue.
Chanukah on the Delaware
Each Chanukah, KHN joins all the synagogues and organizations in our Bucks County Jewish Coalition. We gather to light candles, sing songs, and enjoy holiday-themed snacks and beverages near the Delaware River as a larger Jewish community.
Rabbi Diana is available to officiate at the funerals of members or their close family members. If she is away, she has rabbinic back-up. KHN can help members organize and lead shiva minyans. For cemetery information click here
Rabbi Diana is happy to officiate at the wedding of KHN members at the synagogue or elsewhere. If requests to officiate come from adult family and friends of KHN, Rabbi Diana will officiate if time permits and there will be an additional fee.
KHN counts among our members congregants who are Jewish by choice and partners/spouses of Jewish members or parents/grandparents of Jewish members. Some people are interested in conversion. The length and intensity of the conversion requirements are highly individualized and are overseen by Rabbi Diana. If interested in conversion at KHN, e-mail the KHN office at firstname.lastname@example.org , which will relay the message to Rabbi Diana.