prayer

Shabbat

Each Friday night, we welcome Shabbat together with services led by the Rabbi and Cantor. Oftentimes, a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is invited to lead the congregation in prayer, while we share in the pride of their families as they celebrate this milestone. After services, we continue with a dessert-filled Oneg Shabbat that is lively, social and inviting.

First Friday – Family Shabbat at 7:00 p.m.

A contemporary service combining prayer and music in a format that appeals to young and old. This service features our Junior choir, and also typically provides an opportunity for one of our religious school classes to share a part of their learning with the congregation. We also use this service to bless those celebrating a birthday anytime during the month.

Second Friday – Traditional Service at 8:00 p.m.

Traditional service with prayer and music.

Third Friday – Torah Service at 8:00 p.m.

Shabbat service with Torah reading – this also includes a brief and informal congregational discussion based upon the weekly parsha. Many of our Chai Club members make it a special point to gather at this service.

Fourth Friday – Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:15 p.m.

A highly participative service, during which the entire congregation prays and chants successively through the liturgy with minimal interruptions. The service typically concludes by 7:15 p.m., allowing people to then relax and/or dine afterward.

Fifth Friday – T.G.I.S. at 7:00 p.m. (Thank G-d It’s Shabbat)

An energetic and uplifting service that is almost exclusively musical, in which the congregation joyously sings and dances to the musical leadership of an ensemble featuring our Rabbi (guitar), Cantor and Temple Educator (vocals), as well as several other congregants who accompany on keyboard, percussion, guitar, clarinet, trumpet and more. Note that these services do not take place every month and sometimes deviate from the 5th Friday. It is suggested you contact the temple office to confirm the time of the fifth Friday service.

Saturday Morning Services:

Our Saturday morning Shabbat service begins at 10:30 a.m. While these services often celebrate one or more of our youth becoming a Bar and/or Bat Mitzvah, they are open to the public and all are welcome to attend and join in prayer.

*Summer Services: Starting the first Friday in July and running through the end of August, our Friday night Shabbat services begin at 7:00 p.m. and are led by members of our congregation. Conducted in the Great Room, these lay-led services provide an intimate, diverse, rewarding, creative and educational opportunity to pray together.