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Worship & Holidays

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Updated March 23, 2020

Keeping the health and well-being of our entire community in mind, we have suspended on-site observances of Shabbat until at least Friday, May 1. Please check our calendar regularly for more information about alternative observances.

Shabbat Worship

Livestream on our website at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays. You can also find the online Mishkan T'filah prayerbook and this week's daf t'filah on the livestreaming page.

Torah Study

Join Torah Study online, each Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. Contact Marissa Wright to receive an invitation to join.

Family T'filah

Livestream on our website at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. 

Tot Shabbat


Regular Worship Schedule (currently suspended)

Erev Shabbat (Friday Evening) Services:
6:45 p.m. - Light pre-service nosh
7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service, followed by oneg

First Friday of Each Month:
5:30-6:00 p.m. - Tot Shabbat
6:00-6:45 p.m. - Dinner (RSVP Required)
7:00-7:45 p.m. - First Friday Erev Shabbat Service

Shabbat Morning (Saturday Morning) Services:
9:00 a.m. - Torah Study
10:30 a.m. - We hold Shabbat morning services when there is a Bar/Bat mitzvah to celebrate. Please check the calendar to confirm specific dates.

Shabbat is a time to gather with family and community to reflect, pray, sing, and spend time together.

We welcome all to our Shabbat services, which are participatory and filled with a variety of music and a blend of Hebrew and English prayer.

Erev Shabbat services take place on Friday nights. 

Erev Shabbat services include an oneg. The name oneg means "joy of the Sabbath" and refers to a celebratory gathering on Friday nights filled with food and socializing. Onegs are usually held before Erev Shabbat services and are a perfect opportunity to see old friends, make new ones, and enjoy some food and beverages.

On the first Friday of most months, we host a First Friday Shabbat, which includes Tot Shabbat and a communal dinner (RSVP and payment required).

When we offer Shabbat morning services on Saturdays, they include a Torah and Haftorah reading.

For Our Guests
Although parts of our service are conducted in Hebrew, Judaism teaches us that our prayers are heard in every language in which they are spoken. You are invited to participate in our services in whatever ways are meaningful to you.

To be fully present in our services: 

* Please join with the spoken and sung prayers.
* To show your pride in our Bar or Bat Mitzvah, please say Kol HaKavod or Yasheir Koach rather than applauding. 
 * Please turn off your cell phone.
 * Photography is not allowed during services.
 * Please take conversations out of the sanctuary.
 * If standing is difficult, please remain comfortably seated when the congregation is asked to rise. 
 * Our restrooms are outside the sanctuary, past the prayer shawls. Gender neutral restrooms are in the Family Room and Social Hall.

A Word About Attire and Fragrance

The Temple Beth Shalom dress code is business casual. Please also note that our congregation strives to be fragrance free, as many people are allergic to fragrances. We are grateful for your cooperation in forgoing the use of fragrance or highly scented products when attending temple services and events.

Special Notes for Families With Children

To the parents of young children, may we suggest:
* Relax! God put the wiggle in children. You need not suppress it in our sanctuary.
* Sit toward the front or on an aisle so your little ones can see and hear what is happening on the bimah (raised “stage”).
* Quietly explain our rituals and sing or clap when appropriate. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
* If your child needs a break, visit the family room outside the sanctuary. You will hear the service, but we will not hear you.
* Remember that how we welcome children in synagogue affects how they respond to synagogue, to God, to one another. Let them know they are welcome in this house of worship.

To the members and guest of our congregation:  The presence of children is a gift to our congregation and a reminder that not only are we growing, but that Judaism’s future is in the room with us right now. How we treat them today affects their behavior as Jews tomorrow.    Please welcome our children and give them and their families a smile.

Sat, April 4 2020 10 Nisan 5780