Each week of the month a different style of service opens up Shabbat through a different doorway.
1st Friday of the month at 6 :00 p.m.-Shabbat LaMishpachah (November-May)
This is a one-hour informal and interactive Family Shabbat Service conducted by our Temple Educator, designed for families. The service includes a Torah reading and study tailored to the age of its congregants. We pray, read Torah, sing, eat and rejoice (sometimes all at the same time!).
At 8:00 p.m. - Sabbath of Simchah
As we welcome Shabbat, we will also celebrate our simchas. Such sharing of our lives deepens our connections with one another. Regular Torah reading and discussion/sermon. Special Aliyah for those observing a birthday, or wishing to recognize another happy occasion.
2nd Friday of the month at 8:00 p.m. - Shir Shabbat
A warm, embracing, and community-building service which emphasizes music over the spoken word. Instruments enhance the musical experience. Familiar and new melodies are intertwined with special readings to create an enriching Shabbat experience. Includes a short reflection on one prayer in the liturgy or a brief d'var Torah.
3rd Friday of the month at 8:00 p.m. - Chavurah Service
A true celebration of community that meets in the Parents' Lounge. It offers a very welcoming, learner-friendly ambience even as it creates stronger connections among the participants. The service is guided by lay leaders, usually with the inspired musical leadership of Merri Lovinger Arian. Note: This service will also meet as part of Synaplex(see below).
SynaplexTM (on three Fridays during the year)
This experience, initiated by the Star Foundation, offers a wide variety of programs and activities, as many diverse groups come to the synagogue to celebrate Shabbat, to worship, and to eat together. An invigorating way to enjoy Shabbat, we will have three worship options: our Chavurah service plus two grade-led Shabbat Family services (one geared towards younger children and one towards older children). A festive Shabbat dinner will allow all to celebrate together. There will truly be something for everyone.
4th Friday of the month at 6:15 p.m. - Ma-ariv Service
An early and abbreviated service with a more informal atmosphere. Families are encouraged to participate, for this is a unique opportunity for our generations to mingle together. NEW: this year, family friendly activities will be offered so all members of the family can celebrate Shabbat. At 6 PM we will have a pre-service oneg so worshipers can greet each other and enjoy a nosh together.
5th Friday of the month at 8:00 p.m. -Fifth Fridays: Contemporary Issues Forum
This service looks much like the first Friday with a Torah reading. On all fifth Fridays we will include a special segment of the service to focus on the pressing issues of our time.
Torah Circle (first and third Saturdays of every month October-May)
This is an informal, alternative Shabbat Morning service for adults, centering on study of the week's Parshah. This welcoming community enjoys sharing a bagel and their thoughts. The service will be led by our educator, Rebecca Shubert.
Temple for Tots/Tot Shabbat (once each month September through May)
At 6:00 p.m. our pre-K and K students gather to celebrate Shabbat. This interactive celebration of the joy of Shabbat allows our youngest members to feel welcome and comfortable in our Sanctuary.
Religious School Tefillah
Grades K-3 meet for worship on the first Sunday of every month led by Rebecca Shubert and Cantor Becker. Grades 4-6 meet to worship together every Monday when there is Religious School under the instructive guidance of Rebecca Shubert. Parent participation is always welcome and encouraged!
Bar/Bat Mitzvah: We are proud of our students who choose to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Nearly all of them will lead a Shabbat morning service in the sanctuary and occasionally they will lead an Afternoon/Havdallah service. Although many invited guests will join them, all are welcome to attend any of our Saturday Shabbat services.
Summer Services: Friday night services during the summer months are conducted by members of the congregation with the participation of our clergy. They are a warm and informal worship experience.