WORSHIP AT BETH EL
Engaging and vibrant worship is one of the gateways to Judaism which hundreds of Beth El congregants enter each week. Creating moving and beautiful worship is the first cornerstone of our Shabbat experience and the second cornerstone is building community. Whether it’s the preneg before or the oneg after worship, we know that food brings people together for conversation and connecting. Knowing each other, caring about each other, and being there for each other fill our lives with meaning and purpose.
Friday Night Worship Opportunities
First Friday of the Month
5:20pm Preneg with appetizers
6:00pm offers a choice of two unique worship opportunities:
• Family Service in the Blumenthal Sanctuary – An interactive and engaging service is geared toward grade-school families. All are welcome.
• Kabbalat Shabbat in the Archer Chapel - A transformative worship experience to welcome the peace of Shabbat.
• Late at Eight Worship Experience in the Archer Chapel – This intimate and out-of-box Shabbat experience fosters community and offers new ways to greet Shabbat. Our “Late at Eight” worship experience is not bound by traditional liturgy. We offer varied entryways into Shabbat: sometimes it’s about liturgy and music, sometimes it is about learning, sometimes it will even be about laughter. Candle lighting, Kiddush, and Kaddish will always be a part of this experience.”
2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Fridays of the Month
7:00 pm Community Shabbat - A dynamic worship service designed to engage our entire community. Each week our clergy team weaves together teachings, readings, and music around a relevant theme to create moving and beautiful worship. This service is always followed by a dessert oneg.
Additional Opportunities for Connecting with Community on Shabbat Evenings
The last Friday of the month there will be a Community Shabbat Dinner at 6:00pm open to congregants of every age.
Our Bereavement Service will be on the second Friday of the month from 6:15 to 6:45pm.
Our Service of Healing and Comfort will be on the third Friday of the month from 6:15 to 6:45pm.
Summer Services extend from Memorial Day Weekend through Yom Kippur
5:30 pm Preneg with appetizers
6:15 pm Community Shabbat - A dynamic worship service designed to engage our entire community. Each week our clergy team weaves together teachings, readings, and music around a relevant theme to create moving and beautiful worship.
Saturday Morning Worship Opportunities
11:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship - Each week our community gathers at 11:00 am for worship and words of Torah. The service is led by our clergy, members of the congregation and often by our newest B’nei Mitzvah. A Torah Study/Adult Education forum is led by the Rabbis every Saturday morning at 9:30 am prior to the Shabbat morning services.
On the Second Shabbat of each month, between the High Holy Days and Memorial Day, we hold Congregational Shabbat, an extravaganza of learning, praying and community in which the entire congregation plays a major role. This program fulfills all three functions of the synagogue: Beit Midrash (house of study), Beit Knesset (house of gathering) and Beit T’fillah (house of prayer). At 9:00 am there are a variety of creative educational opportunities and Tot Shabbat for children ages five and younger. At 10:15 am we gather for a delicious congregational brunch, and at 11:00 am we have a service that involves significant lay participation. Congregants read Torah, chant Haftarah, deliver the D’var Torah and are called for aliyot – honors involving the blessings for the Torah reading. We also have a teen band and vocal ensemble that join the Cantors in leading the music of the service.
We want to hear from you about worship at Temple Beth El! Particularly now, in this time of changing service times and evolving worship style, it is critical that we hear from you. We have created a special email address in order to collect all of your wisdom:firstname.lastname@example.org. When you write to email@example.com, tell us what your experience of worship at TBE has been. Think about everything from parking lot to preneg, prayer book to power points – each moment of Shabbat at the synagogue is part of your holistic worship experience. Rather than simply telling us what you love and hate, try to evaluate whether or not a particular service helped you to pray, both individually and communally.