Birkat HaTzibur (Blessing of the Community)

Bless our community with your participation; congregants enrich Shabbat morning, about once a month with a worship experience through their own original blessings.
There is one blessing presented per week, typically covering one of these topics:

  • Nishmat - Follow the general theme on page 334/5 of Siddur Sim Shalom - preparation for prayer and praise of God
  • Avinu Malkeinu - In place of blessing on page 396/7 of Siddur Sim Shalom, paragraph labeled "Private Meditation" - blessing for family and/or community
  • Our Country - In place of blessing on page 414/415 of Siddur Sim Shalom - blessing for our country
  • Israel - In place of prayer on page 416/417 of Siddur Sim Shalom - blessing for the State of Israel (in Hebrew or English)
  • Peace - In place of prayer on page 416/417 of Siddur Sim Shalom -prayer for peace
  • Rosh Hodesh - relate the blessing to theme(s) of Rosh Hodesh (refer to page 418/419 of Siddur Sim Shalom)
  • Torah Portion prayers (B’reshit; Lech L’cha) – Relate the blessing to theme(s) of the torah portion
  • Holiday prayers - Relate the blessing to theme(s) of the holiday. Blessing will be done during the Torah Service, probably at the point where the Torah is taken out of the ark.

Blessings should be 1-2 minutes in length.

If you would like to write your own blessing to share with the congregation, contact Lea Isgur at leaisgur@earthlink.net.

Blessings by the community:

Forging a Sisterhood
Torah
Israel
Counting the Omer
Pesach
Torah of My Servant Moses
Avinu Malkenu
Shabbat rest and slowing down our lives
Praise
Listening is an act of love
Tu B’shvat
Unity in Israel
Yom HaShoah
Torah
Rosh Chodesh
Tisha B'Av
G. Washington and the Jews
Peace in Israel
Honoring Others
Organ Donor Sabbath 
Community
Chanukah
Israel
Purim, Let freedom bling
A Prayer for Peace
Shavout
Holiness
Nishmat, praise God
Israel
High Holy Days
Words of Torah
Forgiveness
Veterans' Day
Gratitude
Chanukah
New Beginnings
Soften Our Hearts
Tu B’shvat 5771
Hanukah
Forgiveness, Yom Kippur