EREV SHABBAT – FRIDAY EVENING
Please check our weekly Temple Beth El newsletter for an up-to-date service schedule. Services/Service times may vary due to holidays.
6:15 pm Summer Service time May 24 through September 27 with a Pre-Neg at 5:30 pm
During the Summer
Services of Healing and Comfort will be at 5:30pm on the last Friday night of each month.
Bereavement Services will be at 5:30pm on the first Friday night of each month.
SATURDAY MORNING SHABBAT
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.
Once a 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. 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 Cantor in leading the music of the service.
Tot Shabbat is for children ages 5 and younger (and their siblings). Led by Cantor Mary with accompanying music by Patty Torcellini-Hartman, the children and their parents participate in a brief interactive, musical service, followed by a craft and snack related to a significant holiday during the month. Fun for the whole family!
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.