Peninsula

Congregation Shir Hadash

20 Cherry Blossom Lane Los Gatos, CA 95032-4637
(408) 358-1751 office@shirhadash.org www.shirhadash.org
Rabbi Melanie Aron
Executive Director Eric Stone

A vibrant community of learning, worship, and connection. Offers a robust religious school for grades kindergarten to high school seniors. Religious school meets Sunday morning, with a Hebrew program on Monday and Tuesday evenings for students training for bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies. Post bat/bar/mitzvah programs include elective classes, a year-long confirmation program, and an alternating program in Washington, D.C., and Central America for grades 11 and 12.

Recognizing that often people approach Judaism differently, the synagogue offers a variety of experiences: Worship, study, acts of tikkun olam (fixing the world), and gemilut chasadim (deeds of lovingkindness) are all part of communal life. Services are held every Friday evening and Saturday morning. The Shabbat evening services include a lot of singing and regularly feature a speaker, musical guest, or special program. There is a monthly early service for young families and a lively, interactive musical service for all ages. An alternative, participatory Shabbat morning minyan meets from Sukkot to Shavuot. Torah study meets on Shabbat morning. Guest lectures take place Sunday mornings as well as on weekdays. A retirees group meets monthly for lunch. Congregants provide services to those who are ill or need support, and work for justice in the broader community.