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.