Congregation Beth Shalom
Clifton Park

What Are We Saying When We Are Praying?

A New Discussion Group from Brenda Sugarman

Beth Shalom is a gathering center for the local Jewish Community. Congregants come here for a variety of reasons such as Shabbat services, holidays observances, social events and book club discussions. One of the most important parts of synagogue life is the religious component. In the past two years attendance at the Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat services has been steadily increasing. We read prayers in Hebrew, chant beautiful songs and read prayers in English. Some of us read Hebrew and participate as our ability allows us, others actually have memorized some of the Hebrew prayers, but do we understand the content/meaning of the prayers which are part of the Kabbalat Shabbat service?


I would like to facilitate a class which would focus on the English translation of selected prayers for the Friday evening service. This would be a discussion based analysis of the prayers in which each person’s perspective would be considered and appreciated as everyone interprets prayers in their own way. The first meeting will be at my (Brenda’s) house on Tuesday, December 5th at 2 pm.

For the first meeting: Date:  Tuesday, December 5th, Time:  2 pm, Place: 4 Mystic Lane, Clifton Park

Please bring a siddur with you.

If you are interested in attending, please e-mail me at: :

I am looking forward to having all of us acquire a better understanding of the prayers which we recite on Friday evening.

Brenda Sugarman

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