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 our cantors, Hazzan Gloth and Cantor Aqua, and Torah discussions and sermons are delivered by Rabbi Schuck and Rabbi Dorsch.
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.
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 be sure to bring an open mind.
We will begin promptly at 10:00am so please arrive a few minutes early to minimize interruptions. The service will conclude by 11:15am. After the service, those who would like to remain in the synagogue are welcome to continue to sit quietly in the Weiner lounge, join the rest of the congregation for the sermon and the remainder of the shabbat morning service (11:15am-12:00pm), and/or join for the kiddush luncheon at 12:00pm.
The Havurah Service meets in a smaller room at 9:45 AM, with greater congregational participation and a havurah-like atmosphere. We emphasize creativity, innovation and maximal involvement of all members of the congregation in all aspects of the 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org