Kabbalat K'tan Shabbat

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Leader's Guide

Kabbalat K’tan Shabbat is designed for flexibility so that you can adapt the service to meet your congregation’s needs. We encourage you to look through the features listed below to help you best utilize Kabbalat K’tan Shabbat for your congregation.

As written, Kabbalat K’tan Shabbat runs approximately 45 minutes.


For Service Leaders:

  • The service can be led by clergy, students, teachers, lay-leaders, or any combination of these.
  • The text can be read in unison by the congregation.
  • Leaders can choose to expand the service by adding sermons, stories or activities, or including special events such as Consecration or Teacher Appreciation Shabbat.

For Music Leaders:

  • The music can be led by a cantor or cantorial soloist, professional or volunteer songleader, or music director with youth choir and/or youth soloists, or any combination of these.
  • The music can be sung in unison by the congregation.
  • The accompaniment can be played using the instruments of your choice, and if no instruments are available for use, professional karaoke-style tracks are included.
  • The siddur includes the lyrics of original musical settings written expressly for Kabbalat K’tan Shabbat. Other musical settings may be used at the discretion of the Music Leader or Service Leader.

Leader’s Guide Features:

  • A professionally recorded CD of all the songs of Kabbalat K’tan Shabbat;
  • A professionally recorded CD of karaoke-style tracks of all the songs of Kabbalat K’tan Shabbat;
  • Notated lead-sheets with guitar chords of all songs;
  • Notated lead-sheets include accompaniment parts for C, Bb, and F instruments such as flute, violin, clarinet, cello, and French horn. These parts are simple enough for student musicians to play, and sophisticated enough for seasoned musicians;
  • Lyric/chord sheets of all the songs of Kabbalat K’tan Shabbat.