"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 "Shabbat Shalom:" "May you have a peaceful Shabbat."
We celebrate Shabbat both at home and at synagogue and our synagogue offers many choices for experiencing Shabbat.
- Weekly Synagogue services in our beautiful Beit Midrash, short and spirited at 6:45 p.m. get you home in time for Shabbat dinner.
- 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
- On the first Friday of each month, a delicious shabbat dinner will be followed by age-appropriate music tefillah (prayer services); children in 2nd grade and younger will meet in the Beit MIdrash. Children in grades 3-7 will meet in the Youth Lounge. DINNER @ 6:00; TEFILLAH at 6:45.
- On the second and fourth Saturday of each month, we offer an alternative tefillah experience for families with elementary & middle school aged children, who help lead prayers and have an opportunity to read from the Torah. It is a great way for students to become comfortable with the prayer service before "graduating" to the main service.
- Our fully egalitarian main sanctuary tefillah (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.
- Study Minyan: one Shabbat each month.
- Circle Time Shabbat 10-10:30 followed by Torah for Tots (babysitting) (ages 2-6) for the congregation's youngest children. We offer a safe place for your child to play, and challah and grapejuice served before returning the children to the sanctuary to come up to the bimah for Adon Olam.
All alternative services conclude at the same time as we join together as one community for a delicious Kiddush lunch in the social hall.
The mincha service follows the kiddush during the summer and early fall months, and mincha/maariv (afternoon/evening prayers) take place in the late afternoon beginning November 12th. Check the calendar page for weekly times.
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.