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Worship and Prayer Services

Summer Services

As the pace slows down in the summer, we encourage you to join us for our regular Shabbat services.   
Whenever the weather allows (no rain, not too hot or chilly) we hold services in our beautiful tented courtyard.  Casual attire is encouraged and welcome. Please join us. 

Shabbat Morning Services

9:30 a.m. until approximately 12 noon 
Led by Rabbi Newman Kamin and Cantor Stuart Simon.

  • Rabbi Newman Kamin presents an insightful d'var Torah on the weekly reading and then engages the congregation in a lively interactive discussion.
  • Cantor Simon, a truly gifted vocalist and musician, has been leading prayers for more than forty years.   He is an exciting and compelling presence on the bimah.
  • Fully egalitarian.
  • Triennial Torah reading.
  • Light kiddush lunch follows services.

‚ÄčAm Yisrael has always recognized that music is a most important component of worship.  Music can stir the soul, intensify emotions and revivify centuries old prayers.  Shabbat services resound with Cantor Simon on guitar, often accompanied by a percussionist and other musicians.  Our High Holy Day services are enhanced by a professional choir, keyboard, guitar and English horn.

Friday Night Shabbat Services

  • 6:00 p.m. until approximately 6:40 p.m.
  • Led by Rabbi Newman Kamin and Cantor Simon.
  • Features guitar, percussion and oboe.
  • Designed to allow congregants the opportunity to daven, then go home to enjoy a leisurely dinner, welcoming Shabbat with family and friends.

Friday Night Live Services

  • 2017-2018 dates:
    January 19
    April 13
    June 1
  • Cantor Simon and the Shabbatones (8 piece band)
    Rich Cohen - mandolin
    Jonah Greenthal - keyboard
    Rod Loewenthal - saxophone
    Packy Lundholm - percussion
    E. Marc Nevins - guitar
    Howard Prager - tuba
    Donna Rubinson - accordion
    Alan Shlachter - oboe/English horn 

  • Featuring Craig Taubman's and Nava Tehillah's wonderful Shabbat melodies.

    A delight for the whole family...all ages love this service!

Tisha B'Av

Sunday, July 22
9:15 a.m.

Tisha B'Av commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem and the subsequent exile of the Jews from the Land of Israel. It is a fast day and the saddest day on the Jewish calendar.  Due to the solemnity of the day, ritual practices parallel those of a traditional mourner at shiva, specifically sitting on the floor.  Congregants are encouraged to sit on the floor or ground during the reading of Aycha, the Book of Lamentation.

Daily Minyan

  • Sundays, 9:15 a.m.
  • Mondays through Thursdays, 1:00 p.m.
  • Legal holidays minyanim are held at 8:00 a.m. (New Year's day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas day)

We welcome everyone in the community to attend our services.  Am Yisrael is an egalitarian congregation.  All Jews over the age of thirteen are counted in the minyan, men and women alike. 


Am Yisrael follows the modern Israeli calendar (except for Rosh Hashanah).

  • Selichot (usually sunrise services at the beach)
  • Rosh Hashanah (two days)
  • Yom Kippur
  • Sukkot (first day)
  • Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah (combined on the seventh day of Sukkot)
  • Purim
  • Passover (first and seventh days)
  • Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)
  • Shavuot (first day)
  • Tisha B'Av

For details on holiday services please consult the monthly synagogue bulletin, weekly e-mail, website or call the office at 847-446-7215.


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