EREV SHABBAT – FRIDAY EVENING
As a community, we welcome Shabbat in a variety of ways.
6:00pm- Shabbat Worship Service (with "pre-neg" at 5:30pm)
7:15pm- First Friday of the Month, Bereavement Service
Last Friday of the Month, Service of Healing and Comfort
8:00pm- First and Third Friday nights with an Oneg following
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.
On the third Saturday of the month at 9:15 am during the school year, 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:email@example.com. When you write to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.