The Structure of our Friday Evening Services

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Prayer Book
for Jewish Personnel in the Armed Forces of the United States

For transliterations see our copies. Kiddush see here



p. 136-139

P. 1


Some singing or listening to Bill or etc. 

Meditation before Lighting the Candles

Lighting the Candles (Why?)
for the Candles


This is the most flexibal part of our Service, as all the things we do here belong to the private athmosphere of preparing for Shabbat.

It`s possible to read some
texts or meditations
to prepare for shabbat
or to sing some songs,
etc. etc.

p. 142-145

P. 1


More Songs, especially: Yedid Nefesh

traditionally now six psalms are studied (Why?)
[Psalm 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 and 29],
we normally say
Psalm 95
Psalm 29

Song for Greating Shabbat: L`cha Dodi (Why?)

Psalm 92
[Song for the Shabbath Day]
(traditionally people sing also Psalm 93.)

It`s possible to include a
short study text before the psalms.


We rise for the last verse of L`cha Dodi.


Short Break is possible
Some congregations say Half Kaddish.

  Here could be a drasha or the reading of a study text.

p. 158-169

P. 3-6




Shma an its blessings (= the centre of the evening service)

We say Half Kaddish.


Barchu marks the offical beginning of the service.
We rise for Barchu.
(Some liberal Jews rise for Shma and open the Torah Shrine.)


p. 172-185

P. 6-8


Shabbat Amida

(we use to say the Amida in the traditional way: silent, followed by a short repetition. Other liberal congregation have only one Amida.)

We rise for the Amida.

Some congregations  say Full Kaddish.
Short Break is possible, e.g. for announcements.

  Here could be announcements and \ or a drasha.


p. 194-199

P. 8-9



Mourner`s Kaddish

We rise for Alenu and Mourner`s Kaddish.

p. 354 f.

P. 10


Adon Olam
(Other Songs would also be possible ! )

  It`s not necessary to sing at all; it`s just to make the nice time of the service a little bit longer.


p. 188 f.



(transliteration here ...)

We stand while saying the Blessing over the wine.
For all the rest we could sit down.

Shabbat continues at home, by setting this day apart from all other days.

    ęDr. Annette M. Boeckler, 2005