Shabbat and Holidays

Shabbat

We meet formally on the second Saturday and fourth Friday each month for Shabbat services at the Ann Arbor JCC, our home base. (The JCC is located at 2935 Birch Hollow Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.) Second Saturdays feature a participative, musical service with Torah reading and discussion. Fourth Fridays services often feature our community band and community discussion and are followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner. Communal dinners, Torah studies, and informal prayer service held in members’ homes supplement these Shabbat observances.

High Holidays

We hold our High Holiday services at the Ann Arbor Unitarian Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.  Our services are open, participatory, creative and musical. We welcome non-members to join us for the holidays and no tickets are required.  Child care is available, and there is a community break-the-fast after Yom Kippur ends.

All the details about this year’s High Holidays are here.

Scroll through past High Holiday blog posts to get a sense of what our services and programming are like, read talks by rabbis and members and browse readings and reflections.

Festivals and Other Holy Days

We gather as a community to celebrate the festivals and other Jewish holidays. Highlights of the year include our Sukkot retreat, Purim bash and communal seders. Here’s our full calendar of events.

Sukkot 2015: we made lulavs from local plants and shook them to the east, north, south, west, and up and down.

Sukkot 2015: we made lulavs from local plants and shook them to the east, north, south, west, and up and down.

All AARC services are open to the community and all are welcome! We strongly encourage non-members to attend services or other events in order to get the flavor of who we are. For more information about ritual and services at AARC contact the Board.