Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:30 pm
We warmly welcome Shabbat each Friday evening with Kabbalat Shabbat services. Religious school classes often lead this service,followed by an Oneg Shabbat.
Saturday Mornings at 10:00 am
While many prayers are recited in Hebrew at Shabbat morning services, there are many English readings to allow everyone’s participation. Pulpit honors are accorded equally to men and women. At Shabbat morning services, children are welcome to sit with their parents or to attend regularly scheduled Junior Congregation services.
Members desiring an aliyah or other honor at the Shabbat morning service (to commemorate a Yahrzeit, special birthday, or other milestone) may contact the temple office. Even when we have a b’nai mitzvah or other special Shabbat, we reserve honors for the congregation.
To help you derive the most from our services and to help us maintain our traditions and the proper decorum of our service:
- Attire in the sanctuary should be modest and appropriate for a house of worship; no strapless, bare shoulder dresses, no torn jeans or pants; no bare midriffs or short shorts, etc
- Do not enter or leave the sanctuary when the ark is open or when the rabbi is speaking.
- All males should wear a kippah (head covering) while in the building; these are available in the rack in the front foyer.
- Do not take tallit or prayer book into the restroom.
- Do not smoke anywhere in or near the building.
- Writing is prohibited on Shabbat and holidays; it’s considered a creative act and thus is not allowed on sanctified days.
- Refrain from chewing gum in the synagogue building.
- Pocket-sized hearing amplification devices are available; see an usher or the executive director.
- Pagers and cell phones should be silenced in the sanctuary.
- Photography is prohibited in the sanctuary during services.
Holidays and Festivals
We observe all of the traditional Jewish holidays and festivals in a variety of ways.
ROSH HASHANAH: We observe both days of Rosh Hashanah. Childrens’ Services and babysitting are available.
YOM KIPPUR: Observance of the Day of Atonement begins with Kol Nidre. Yom Kippur services include Yiskor and Neilah and the blowing of the Shofar.
SUKKOT: Students and members of the congregation decorate our sukkah. Family traditions are shared during our Congregational Sukkah Walk.
SIMCHAT TORAH: Noisy, joyously celebrated, dancing to a klezmer band and marching with the Sefer Torah.
HANUKKAH: A congregational celebration with latkes, gelt, music and candlelighting.
PURIM: Costumes, groggers, Megillah reading and hamantaschen. A carnival with games, prizes and the Shushan Cafe.
PASSOVER: A congregational seder is led by the rabbi and cantor on the second night of Passover. There are special activities for the younger children and a traditional Pesach feast.
YOM HA’ATZMAUT: A festive Israeli dinner and Israeli dancing put us in the mood to celebrate Israel’s Independence day.
SHAVUOT: At Tikkun l’eyl Shavuot, we celebrate with ice cream and Torah study.
SELICHOT: A dessert reception and program are followed by a late evening service to usher in the High Holy Days.
Shohet Daily Morning Minyan
Minyan is held daily at the following times:
Monday, Thursday – 7:30 am
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 7:45 am
Sunday – 9:30 am (9:00 am during the summer)
Our daily morning minyan is named in honor of long-time temple members Leon and Frannye Shohet (z”l).
Everyone is welcome to attend our minyan. Contact the temple office if you would like to sponsor a breakfast (Monday thru Friday) in memory of a loved one, to celebrate a simcha, or perhaps in honor of the minyan.
What is Junior Congregation?
Junior congregation is an opportunity for older children to lead and participate in Shabbat services, assisted by teen volunteers. It’s a service run by kids, for kids.
Where does Junior Congregation happen?
In the Guralnick Chapel, once or twice a month during the school year.
Why is Junior Congregation important?
Actively learning to pray, and to become comfortable with the structure of the Shabbat morning service, happens when children are given the opportunity to participate in services. Participation in Junior Congregation is part of B’Nai Mitzvah preparation.