The Los Alamos Jewish Center is an unaffiliated, egalitarian congregation. Men and women participate equally in all religious aspects of our congregation, and participation in all aspects of the service, from readings to leading prayers to reading from the Torah is encouraged and appreciated.
Shabbat evening services are held every Friday, with a special summer schedule. Most often, members lead services and provide refreshments for the post-service celebration or Oneg. The current service times are listed in ourMenorah. There is generally more English in the Friday night service than in the Saturday morning service.
We hold Shabbat morning and Torah services about every other Saturday and are led by our Rabbi. Shabbat morning service dates and times are also listed in our Menorah. Once a month we hold a "Bagels and Lox Shabbat" where we get together for a potluck lunch after the Torah service.
A guide to leading to leading Shabbat evening services is available to help members. This guide list common prayers and readings with pages numbers and notes as to traditions special to the LAJC.
For the High Holy Days, we hold services on both days of Rosh Hashanah.Our High Holy Day prayer book is the Mahzor Hadash. We also have Youth services for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A Tashlich service is held at Ashley Pond. We also hold Selihot services prior to Rosh Hashanah. High Holy Day services are open to the whole Jewish community and there are no tickets or cost required to attend. Nevertheless, some participants elect to make a voluntary contribution.
Among our other observances, we hold a Tikkun L'Shavuot at the Rabbi's home, where we stay up late discussing Jewish topics and celebrating our culture, reading of Megillah Esther for Purim, and, in conjunction with the Religious School, we have Hanukkah and Purim parties. We build a sukkah on the Center grounds, and during our Simhat Torah service we parade our Torah scrolls around our building. A community seder is conducted every year on the second night of Passover that is also open to the whole community. Services are also held on Tisha B'Av.