Shabbat

shabbat

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 6:45 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.
  • Shabbat B'Yachad:
    •  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.

Shabbat morning offers you lots of choices for experiencing Shabbat.

  • Our fully egalatarian main sanctuary service begins at 9:30 a.m. 
  • Study Minyan: The fourth Shabbat of each month.
  • 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 childcare so that parents may return to the adult service

All services conclude at the same time as we join together as one community 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 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.

 

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