Since my Dad passed away, I have been able to join a minyan and say Kaddish every day, thanks to the many congregants who show up at 7:00 a.m. or who are happy to receive a call and be in the chapel in 10 minutes. The sense of community at BI is powerful, comforting and has gotten me through a most difficult time in my life.
Daily minyan offers a peaceful, contemplative way to begin and end the day. Beth Israel members join for morning and evening minyan year-round during the workweek and on Sundays. Together, we strive to ensure that BI provides a sacred space where anyone living in or passing through the Greater Worcester area can say Kaddish in memory of a loved one and have a positive and meaningful prayer experience. We meet in the Kulin Chapel. Please see Service Schedule for times.
Morning minyan on Mondays and Thursdays includes a reading from the Torah portion of the week. On average, morning services last 45 minutes to an hour; evening minyan, about 20 minutes. Services are in Hebrew; our prayerbooks include English translations.
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., before evening minyan, join us for a 25 minute period of quiet meditation in front of the Ark. Savor this opportunity for personal reflection and a break from our busy, overcrowded lives.
Congregants take turns leading services. If you have a yahrzeit (memorial observance) and would like to help lead, please be sure to let us know when you arrive.
We are an egalitarian religious community; both men and women are counted and participate in leading services and chanting Torah.
Taking part in our daily minyan is not only good for the soul; you also help others who need to say Kaddish for loved ones to fulfill their religious commitment. Should you need help making a minyan, please let us know so we can be sure enough people are present. Visitors and guests are always welcome.