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Jewish congregation tries novel attractions for new members

On a recent Friday evening — the beginning of Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath day of rest — joyful music emanated from the Ahavath Torah Congregation on Central Street.

But on this night, there was something different about both the music and the Sabbath service. The Boston Community Choir, an all-volunteer, multicultural, intergenerational, multidenominational group of singers, was leading the temple’s congregation in a service featuring gospel-influenced Jewish melodies in a creative Kabbalat Shabbat, Hebrew for the ritual welcoming of the Sabbath.

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