Services at the LAJC are primarily led by knowledgeable members of the community.
However, on a regular basis, we invite rabbis and cantors to lead services or events for our community.
For example, we will have Rabbi Stephen Landau lead High Holy Day services at the LAJC in 2014. Rabbi Jack Shlachter, Rabbi Emeritus of the Los Alamos Jewish Center, continue to reside in Los Alamos and remains a valuable resource for our community.
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 provided in our weekly email: Shabbat Shalom. 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 Shabbat Shalom newsletter.
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.
DR. JACK SCHLACTER
Jack Shlachter is the Rabbi Emeritus of the Los Alamos Jewish Center,
Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Rabbi Shlachter was ordained by Rabbi Gershon Winkler in 1995 and served as both rabbi and cantor at the Los Alamos Jewish Center for many years, teaching adults, B'nai Mitzvah students, and the Post Bar/Bat Mitzvah class as well as conducting life cycle events and representing the Jewish community in the broader Los Alamos community. He is currently active as a rabbi at HaMakom, The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Rabbi Shlachter continues to assist our congregation as needed.
Rabbi Shlachter and his wife Beverly reside in Los Alamos but travel extensively to provide itinerant rabbinic services both domestically and abroad. Rabbi Shlachter served as rabbi for High Holidays in 2012 at Or Chadasch in Vienna, Austria.
Rabbi Jack Shlachter
Our membership consists of about 80 families. Most of our members live in Los Alamos or White Rock, but we also have some members that reside in Santa Fe and the Española Valley. Our members include singles, young married couples, households with school-age children, "empty-nesters", and retirees. Since our founding, we have been an unaffiliated congregation that welcomes the whole spectrum of religious observance. We also support visitors, such as those with postdoctoral assignments at LANL. We offer single and family memberships with reduced fees for students and seniors.
For more information on membership, please contact our
Membership Chair or President.
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.