Our signature Shabbat services inspire, connect, and nourish our community.


To date

  • 30 Shabbat services

  • 250+ individual participants

  • More than 300 pounds of food waste diverted from landfills to compost


Aug. 2016

Davening team Leadership

  • Aharon Varady (2018-present)

  • Sam Berrin Shonkoff (2015-2018)

  • Rachel Klein Miller (2016-2018)

  • Yael Karrie (2016)


“Havayah is my for real, genuine, Jewish community and it's the first time I've ever felt like I've had one in Cincinnati.” Aharon Varady, Jewish Educator/Davening Team Lead


What to expect for services



A relaxed, warm, welcoming setting. You’re in a house for Pete’s sake. Take off your shoes. Grab a siddur. Find a comfortable seat on the floor or in a chair. Say hello to your neighbor. We open all of our services with a guided meditation. You’re welcome to come for the meditation or just services.

It might be a bit crowded. Sometimes we have 30 people. Other times 80 people show up for services. But, just like the mishkan, we always find space. Concerned about finding a seat? Come early for meditation.



A siddur you can actually understand, regardless of your Hebrew level. Whether you’ve got a PhD in Biblical Hebrew or you just started learning your Aleph Bet (good for you!), our siddurim are transliterated and have traditional Hebrew text alongside English interpretation. When to bow, when to sit, when to stand …it’s all spelled out so you won’t feel left out. If you want to purchase your own copy, we use Siddur Eit Ratzon.



A meal you will love that will love you back. Vegetarian food isn’t just good for your heart, it’s got a long Jewish tradition. Our kosher kitchen (exclusively milchig) means that anyone can break bread with us, regardless of their level of kashrut. Let us know at least 48-hours in advance if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies. We’re a nut-free community and always have gluten-free and vegan options.

What’s the schedule?

Mindfulness meditation: 6:30/6:40 p.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma’arive: 7 p.m.

Dinner: 8 p.m.

Note: When candlelighting is after 6:30 p.m., we light candles as a community. If you’d like to come early and light candles during the fall and winter, you’re always welcome.