Shabbat Services

זכור את יום השבת לקדשו
“Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.”

We at Beth El honor the commandment to sanctify Shabbat with moving and uplifting services on both Friday night and Saturday morning.  We offer a variety of services, affording members meaningful choices designed to accommodate differing styles of worship, a range of knowledge of Hebrew and sacred texts and varying levels of congregant participation.  The common denominator is joyous celebration of Shabbat through song and prayer. For an introduction of the melodies that we use, visit our music page and learn how to participate and lift your voice in song.

Along with our clergy-led services, we also have a variety of lay-led Shabbat services.

Friday Night

Torah Cover 2 white background finalTraditional Friday Evening services are held in Swoff chapel, starting at 6:30pm. Kol Haneshama, our musical Friday night lay-led service, is held on the the second or third Friday of the month from September to June.

Shir Yachad – A Communal Shabbat in Song: Friday night is a time for community, song, and joyful noise. Everyone is invited to join us on Friday, September 8, for this exciting service filled with music past and present that stirs the soul and welcomes Shabbat with joy and warmth. The evening begins at 6:00 pm with Nitzanim, a musical service for families with young children. From 6:30-7:30 pm, join us for a Happy Hour where families and young adults are invited to schmooze with us while enjoying drinks (both adult and kid friendly!) and appetizers. Free babysitting is available during happy hour. At 7:30 pm, join us for the Shir Yachad main musical service, followed by Oneg Shabbat. 2017-2018 dates: November 3, Decemer 1, January 5, February 9, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1.

Saturday Morning

Join us each Shabbat at 9:30 am, in the Bender Sanctuary or Swoff Chapel for a service led by one or both of our rabbis and by our hazzan. The Torah reading follows the triennial cycle according to the Conservative movement.

This service is the home for life cycle events including aufrufs, namings, and b’nai mitzvah. The service generally ends around noon and is followed by a kiddush, which provides an opportunity to meet friends and, for the visitor, to meet our community.

Worship Booklet is also available, which can give you insight into the inner meaning of services at Beth El. We also have a Visitor’s Guide to the Shabbat Service available for those visiting Beth El for the first time.