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Shabbat Services

Main Service

The Main Service meets in the Sanctuary every Shabbat from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

We strive to create a welcoming and interactive prayer environment with space for congregational singing, learning and personal reflection. The Main Service meets in the Sanctuary every Shabbat morning from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Davening is led by Cantor Aqua, and Torah discussions and sermons are delivered by Rabbi Schuck and Rabbi Sitkin.

Services are traditional and egalitarian, using Conservative liturgy (Siddur Sim Shalom). Each week we read the full traditional Torah reading, chanted by Cantor Aqua and sometimes congregants, as well as the weekly haftarah (selection from Prophets and Writings), recited by a congregant. We use no musical instruments other than our voices joined together in song. All are welcome to join us in the Main Service.

Each week, the service is punctuated with a sit-down Kiddush luncheon with the entire Beth El community. Please join us, and make sure to introduce yourself to us at the end of services.

Kavannah—Mindfulness  and Contemplation 

(Formerly the Contemplative Service)

How can we pay better attention to living our lives with intention? You are invited to make time for yourself at our Contemplative Service, which is designed to slow the pace of our lives down in order to listen to what emerges from the silence. In this service, we will set aside time for mindfulness meditation, contemplative study, singing, and prayer. We will focus our attention on opening our hearts and minds. Everyone is welcome; dress as you would like. Just bring an open mind. 

We begin at 10:45 a.m. so please arrive a few minutes early to minimize interruptions. The service concludes at 11:45 a.m. Afterwards, you may continue to sit quietly in the Wiener Lounge or join the rest of the congregation for the kiddush luncheon at 12:00 p.m.

Upcoming Dates: December 22, January 5, February 16, April 20, May 25, and June 29

Niggun HaLev

Our melody-filled Saturday morning service is a beautiful balance of traditional liturgy with accessible and moving song and harmonies. Give flight to the ancient words with melodies that tug at the heart.  

Services will take place at 9:00 a.m. in the Wiener Lounge. 

Upcoming Dates: December 1, January 19 (A special Niggun HaLev), February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 25

Libeinu—Heart & Soul Shabbat 

Join us to greet the Sabbath on Friday evenings with uplifting song, quiet meditative prayer, and inspiring words of Torah.  Together, we will shake off the stresses of the work week and wrap ourselves in the light- and song-filled spirit of Shabbat.  

Refreshments at 6:15 p.m. followed by services at 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming Dates: November 9, December 7, January 11, February 8, March 15, April 12, May 24

Youth Services

Click here to learn more about Youth Services.

Learners'  Service

Have you ever wondered why we do the things we do during services, like when to bow and when to stand? Have you ever wondered what our prayers mean and how they're organized? Do you want to learn new and traditional melodies for our liturgy? If so, please join Rabbi Sitkin once a month as he leads a learner's service from 10-11. Together, we will go through the Shabbat morning service and discuss its history, theology, and profound spiritual insight. 

Tween Discussion

This is a place for tweens to discuss and study a topic that is relevant to tweens and/or to the Jewish calendar. It is informal and there are snacks at the beginning. After the discussion, we enter the sanctuary together for the sermon and musaf.

Shabbat Discussion Group

Services take place in the Bess and Nathan P. Jacobs Library from 10:30 AM to 12:00 noon. Participants gain a better understanding of the Shabbat morning service through study and discussion of individual prayers and the weekly Torah portion. Other relevant topics are also discussed.

Contact: Jack Gruenberg at jackgruenberg@gmail.com

Tue, November 20 2018 12 Kislev 5779