Minyan M'chadesh | Congregation Darchei Noam
Darchei Noam’s Minyan M’chadesh is an alternative service that meets on the second Shabbat of each month. “M’chadesh” means “renew” in Hebrew and this service experiments with new ways of prayer and singing, providing a forum to explore more deeply Jewish themes of interest to its participants. Congregational volunteers lead Minyan M’chadesh, which begins with the morning blessings and then addresses a specific theme selected for each Shabbat. Services are timed so that participants are able to join the main services for the closing blessings, and partake in the communal Kiddush lunch.
The Minyan M'chadesh has its own book of blessings, which is available for download here.
In 5775 (2014-15), we will study The Essential Writings of Mordecai M. Kaplan (Emanuel S. Goldsmith & Mel Scult, eds). He is considered one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the 20th and 21st centuries, and importantly for us, the father of Reconstructionism. Kaplan’s thought and actions had a profound impact on Jewish life in North America and the world, and may just be the inspiration we need now to move Judaism forward.