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.

ffFirst Fridays
Dates TBD
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.
Dates TBD
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.