Shabbat Morning Service - Guest Speaker, The Reverend Jemonde Taylor
This participatory service takes place in the main sanctuary, lasts from approximately 9:30-11:45AM, and is regularly led by Rabbi Eric Solomon. The most creative part of the prayer service takes place during shaharit from approximately 9:30-10:15AM when Rabbi Jenny Solomon assists Rabbi Eric Solomon and leads the congregation in meditative Hebrew chanting and meditation. The second part of the service, the Torah service, takes place from approximately 10:15-11:30AM and includes the Torah reading, the Haftarah (prophetic reading), and an active discussion of the weekly Torah portion. The final section (Musaf), lasting from approximately 11:30-11:45AM, includes an opportunity for children to ascend the bimah (front) and lead a portion of the service. The service concludes with the Mourner’s Kaddish and a closing song. After the service, the entire congregation is invited into the social hall for a Kiddush luncheon.
The Reverend Jemonde Taylor is the eleventh rector at Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh. Father Taylor holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from NC State University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in robotics and vehicle design from Stanford University. Jemonde worked as an automotive performance and design engineer for Michelin Tire Company in Greenville, SC for three years before entering seminary.
Jemonde earned his M.Div from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City in 2009. That same year he was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood. Jemonde is part of a five-person research team that received a collaborative inquiry grant from the Louisville Institute to Investigate Race, Church and Theological Practices.