From just before sundown each Friday through the completion of nightfall on Saturday, Shabbat is more than just a day off from labor. It is a day of physical and spiritual delights that is meant to illuminate key concepts in the traditional Jewish perception of the world.
At Temple Bnai Israel, our Shabbat celebrations are as unique as many of the things we do. From Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday night, to Saturday’s services, our Shabbat celebrations blend tradition, with a little fun, and a good helping of participation.
Bagel & Bible
Once a month, we like to mix things up with our Saturday morning Shabbat services. Instead of starting with prayer, we start with Bagel & Bible! A relaxed and welcoming gathering where we eat a little, learn a little, and then have an abbreviated Shabbat service.
Really Unique Friday Night Services
Let’s face it…most people don’t go to Friday night services very often. And we realize that it’s often because they’re looking for something more than a traditional service. That’s why we’ve put the Fun back in Friday Night and the Cool back in Kabbalat Shabbat!
Each Friday, we do things a little differently. Whether it’s our T.G.I Shabbes – Wine & Cheese Shabbat, or skipping the synagogue altogether for a social and conversational dinner hosted by different members of the congregation. Trust us when we say you’ve probably never seen anything like this…and it’s probably exactly what you’re looking for!
Come Let Us Rejoice!
A celebration of Shabbat with a traditional Friday night service.
A Wine & Cheese Shabbat! We welcome Shabbat with a little wine, a little cheese, a little learning…and a lot of music & friendship. Truly a unique Shabbat celebration if there ever was one.
Tikkun Olam Vanefesh
A Kabbalat Shabbat service of healing…for the Soul and the World!
And not just any Shabbat dinner…we often hold these dinners in the home of a member of the congregation. A great way to connect and rejoice.
And for those months where we have a 5th Friday…the service style will be the choice of that nights’ leader.
At all of our Shabbat gatherings, whether it’s a “service” or a “celebration,” like dinner or T.G.I.Shabbes, we always say Kaddish for those in mourning or observing a Yahrzeit.
Shabbat Leader Resources
All of our services are joyous and participatory, with respect for tradition blended with an openness to change. Sometimes, a member of our congregation will lead our services and not just leave everything in the hands of our Rabbi. The documents below are meant as a guide for those preparing to lead one of our services.