Mizmor LeDavid is a neighborhood halachic, Zionist synagogue that strives to create an inviting, warm environment with spirited, serious participatory prayer and in-depth Torah learning.
Mizmor LeDavid has the opportunity to receive city land near our current rented facility – a small Israeli Scout center which we have outgrown in size and is not suited to our needs as a shul. In order to apply for the land, we need to have significant funds in our bank account, as well as demonstrate community interest through a large number of financial pledges.
Mizmor offers lively services on Shabbat and weekly, including musical hallel on weekdays.
Classes taught in English by shul members meet weekday mornings and Shabbat afternoon.
Shul members organize holiday celebrations, singles events, and hikes and shabbatons.
Mizmor holds fundraisers to support the Keren Doris fund which helps the indigent elderly in the neighborhood.
Mizmor encourages women's participation within the bounds of halacha, including giving divrei Torah and reading Torah on Simchat Torah.
Gender and Halacha
The garden not only provides delicious, healthy produce for the community, but is a springboard for teaching sustainable agriculture.
“Despite the cramped (some people even daven outside and listen through the open windows) and often overheated surroundings, I have yet to find a minyan that matches the energy and spirit of Mizmor. There are some other fantastic, and fairly famous minyanim around this neighborhood, but none of their Kabbalat Shabbat experiences are as consistently moving or energetic as those of Mizmor. The passion overwhelms all of the detractors (little personal space, uncomfortable seating). Often I feel as if the energy builds, and then when it finally reaches its breaking point, participants begin dancing. Sometimes I force myself to stop my own singing, and just listen. The fact that I feel fully integrated into the davening while I’m just sitting there, speaks to the total experience of this particular t’fillah.”
Student, Tel Aviv
“The ruach here is tremendous, with people singing in wonderful harmonies at the top of their lungs to mostly Shlomo Carlebach melodies . . . The Saturday Musaf at Mizmor LeDavid was the best Musaf I have ever seen.”
Rabbi Mark Bloom
Congregation Beth Abraham, Oakland
“There was an announcement that on Simchat Torah women could read from the Torah. It’s an orthodox beit knesset, so I was shocked and excited at the opportunity. Before I knew what I had done, I emailed back to tell them that I wanted to read… At Mizmor le David, people know what’s going on, they know exactly how it is supposed to be read. It’s serious, it’s a mitzvah…On my walk home, I was glowing. I felt so alive, so proud of myself. So proud of my own reading and that I helped other people do their own mitzvah. Maybe it was just Torah, or maybe it was what Torah helped me give to others that made me so happy.”