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:
- Weekly Synagogue services in our beautiful Beit Midrash, short and spirited at 6:00 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.
- One Friday each month, a delicious shabbat dinner will follow services. For children in 2nd grade and younger and their adults, an age-appropriate musical service will meet in the youth lounge. Children in grades 3-7 will participate in adult services by leading the prayers that they have learned in the religious school. Services begin at 6. Dinner follows at 6:45.
- One Saturday of each month, we offer an alternative tefillah experience for elementary & middle school aged children and their adults. Students will help lead prayers and have an opportunity to read from the Torah. It is a great way for students to practice the prayers that they learn in religious school and start to become comfortable with the prayer service before "graduating" to the sanctuary. Please check the calendar for specific dates.
Shabbat morning offers you some choices for experiencing Shabbat.
- Our fully egalatarian main sanctuary service begins at 9:30 a.m.
- Study Minyan: The fourth Shabbat of each month. Please check the calendar as these dates do vary.
- Circle Time/Torah for Tots (ages 2-6) for the congregation's youngest children we offer a weekly half-hour of singing, stories and Torah fun with their parents from 10-10:30, followed by babysitting so that parents may return to the adult service
- Shabbat Yoga: 4 times a year we offer a unique opportunity to combine yoga and Jewish prayer.
All services conclude at the same time as we join together as one community for a Kiddush lunch in the social hall.
From March to November, the mincha (afternoon) service follows the kiddush. During the winter months, we conclude Shabbat towards sundown with mincha, maariv & Havdalah, a ceremony of candle fire, the sweet smell of spices and the taste of wine. It's a beautiful ritual; one to carry you back into the work (or school) week with a little bit of lingering Shabbat feeling.