Shabbat Evening Service, 6 p.m.
The Temple Israel community gathers each Friday night at 6 p.m. to welcome Shabbat. Our worship services are musical and participatory. Services usually include a teaching or sermon by our clergy, congregants or a guest scholar.
Services conclude by 7:30 and are followed by a congregational Oneg Shabbat and, sometimes, a congregational dinner. Please linger after the closing song to greet old friends, make new ones and exchange warm wishes with the rabbis and cantor.
Candlelighting in the lobby, 5:30 p.m., Service, 6 p.m., followed immediately by dinner
Once a month, we like to change things up a bit with our Friday night Shabbat service. On the first Friday of each month, we gather in the lobby a few minutes before services to light Shabbat candles, make Kiddush and sing a song together. Then, we go in to services as a community, where many of the readings are replaced by songs and the melodies are spirited and inspiring. The service is a little shorter, with the rabbi’s sermon replaced by a story or short message to the congregation. Following the service, we sit down to dinner as a community and get to know each other better. This is a wonderful night for families to plan to come together for worship and friendship.
Grade-Level Shabbat, 6 p.m.
Over the course of the school year, each grade will have a Shabbat service that is dedicated to them. For some grades, this means that they will play a role in the service, perhaps with a song or leading a prayer. For all grades, this is a night when we especially encourage the families of that class to come to services together and enjoy dinner as a group. This is a chance to build strong relationships, not just between the students, but between the families of the children in our school. As the children approach their B’nai Mitzvah year, the grade-level Shabbat helps them grow comfortable with being on the bimah during a service.