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Our Religious Practices Committee (RPC) at Temple Adas Shalom assumes responsibility for promoting a religious atmosphere in the community and among our members. We offer many opportunities for worship and spiritual growth for the diverse needs of Jews and their families in Harford, Cecil and Baltimore Counties, and parts of Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Join a community that welcomes you for one of our participatory services filled with soulful, moving music, and relevant Torah discussions.

"On Shabbat something happens to the world - the world becomes infinite again" - Shlomo Carlebach

Friday Night & Saturday Morning Shabbat Services


Friday Night Shabbat & Shabbat Torah Services

Services are led by Rabbi Meeka Simerly or one of our lay leaders. Music is led either by the Temple Adas Shalom Choir or one of several soloists. We are a “sing-along” congregation, where all congregants are invited to participate in all of the prayer-songs. Musical instrumentation, when present, is usually piano or guitar; however, we have utilized a wide variety of music for special occasions.

Our prayer book is Mishkan T’filah, published by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).

On the Friday evenings that include a Torah service, a reading from the Parashat of the week and in depth discussion is held. The Torah is typically chanted by one of our lay leaders.

A dessert ONEG follows our service inside our Social Hall.

MOST FRIDAYS  |  7:00 PM  |  TEMPLE ADAS SHALOM SANCTUARY


Friday Night Themed Shabbat & Shabbat Torah Services

Services are led by Rabbi Meeka Simerly or one of our lay leaders. Music is led either by the Temple Adas Shalom Choir or one of several soloists. We are a family friendly “sing-along” congregation, where all congregants are invited to participate in all of the prayer-songs and your small children are welcome to dance in the aisles. Musical instrumentation, when present, is usually piano or guitar; however, we have utilized a wide variety of music for special occasions.

A variety of “themed” services are held on Friday evenings throughout the year. Eye Level Torah services highlight prayers and songs targeted for our families and their children; Outdoor Shabbat and Animal Admiration Shabbat in the summer on our lawn; English Enhanced Torah Service that focus on English interpretation; and various other events and recognition’s take place such as a Sisterhood Shabbat, Confirmation Shabbat, Shabbat Across America, New Member Shabbat, and others.

A dessert ONEG follows our service inside our Social Hall.

SELECT FRIDAYS  |  7:00 PM  |  TEMPLE ADAS SHALOM SANCTUARY


Daven & Dine

Daven (Pray) and Dine is one of our newest and most exciting family friendly services.  Services are typically led by Rabbi Meeka Simerly and on the rare occasion one of our lay leaders if Rabbi is unavailable.

This unique service is an early starting, 45 minute Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming of the Sabbath) Service that featuring hymns, Psalms, and an abundance of blessings. Lately we have had various themes that relate to the month or Parashat of the week. 

Afterward attendees are encouraged to dine out at one of two select restaurants in Harford County with fellow members and friends of our community. You can RSVP to dinner by visiting HERE.

SELECT FRIDAY MOST MONTHS  |  6:00 PM  |  TEMPLE ADAS SHALOM SANCTUARY


Saturday Morning B'nai Mitzvah Services

How empowering to watch a young person lead our community in prayers and ritual! How exciting to listen to a teen chant Hebrew and understand what s/he’s saying. How inspiring to listen to fresh, meaningful interpretations of Torah through the lens of Jewish values, history, and culture!

This age-old rite of passage is always personally relevant and meaningful at Temple Adas Shalom, and you are welcome to join any Friday night for a Shabbat service and again for a Torah service on Saturday morning or afternoon as our teens become B’nai Mitzvah!

SELECT SATURDAYS THROUGH THE YEAR  |  10:00 AM or 10:30 AM  |  TEMPLE ADAS SHALOM SANCTUARY

Sun, September 25 2022 29 Elul 5782