"Shabbat Shalom" picture ©Andrea Strongwater
Shabbat has been called a sanctuary; an island of holiness in time. The week is filled with stress: rushing from work to activity to home pressures and back to work: a treadmill. Shabbat is our time to get off that treadmill. To take a look around and appreciate all that we have; all that God has granted us: our children, our spouses, our parents. The green of the forest, the blueness of the sky, the blazing oranges and reds of the setting (or rising) sun; a bird's song; a baby's laughter.
When we greet each other on Shabbat (or on Friday as we prepare to welcome it), we say "ShabbatShalom:" "May you have a peaceful Shabbat."
We celebrate Shabbat both at home and at synagogue:
- Weekly Synagogue services in our beautiful Beit Midrash, short and spirited at 6:45 p.m. get you home in time for Shabbat dinner.
- Read more for a fuller description of CBS' family-friendly Shabbat experiences, including dates.
- ShabbaTONE-Offered Periodically throughout the year, it's a service with lots of singing, the CBS ShabbaTONE band and a delicious OnegShabbat.
- ShabbaTONEd-Down: ShabbaTONE's mellower sister also offered periodically throughout the year
- StoryBook Shabbat: On alternate months, this lively family experience is filled with music, singing, a story--and special gifts and blessings for those celebrating a birthday
Shabbat morning offers you lots of choices for experiencing Shabbat.
- Our fully egalitarian main sanctuary service begins at 9:30 a.m.
- Family Service offers a family-friendly alternative to our traditional worship the second and fourth week of the month.
- Parent-Tot Shabbat falls on the first Shabbat of the month alternating with Friday night's StoryBook Shabbat.
- Study Minyan: The fourth Shabbat of each month.
- Torah for Tots (ages 2-6) for the congregation's youngest children we offer .
All services conclude at the same time (although they begin at 10:30 a.m.--Parent-Tot begins at 10:45 a.m.) as we join together for a delicious Kiddush lunch in the social hall.
We conclude Shabbat with Havdalah, a ceremony of candle fire, the sweet smell of spices and the tast of wine. It's a beautiful ritual; one to carry you back into the work (or school) week, with the a little bit of Shabbat feeling still lingering.