Shabbat & Holiday Services

Shabbat is always a special time at Temple Emanu-El.  Each Shabbat we join together in our sanctuary and invite Shabbat in with family and friends.  We welcome the old, the new, and all those in between to join us and celebrate Shabbat in a meaningful way.

Join us for First Fridays at the beginning of each month. We will begin First Friday evenings with Shir Shabbat at 5:30 P.M. This will be an interactive Kabbalat Shabbat for all ages – expect a lot of singing, clapping, instruments, and maybe even dancing. All the ruach (spirit) will make it especially friendly for everyone. It is the perfect way to set the mood for Shabbat dinner at 6pm. Have Shabbat dinner withfriends and make some new ones – enjoy good food, take in the Shabbat spirit, and don’t worry about the dishes! Following dinner will be a shorter evening Shabbat service, beginning at 7 P.M., followed by oneg. First Fridays are the crossroads of our community. Let us meet there.

Shabbat Mornings – Prayer, Practice and Prophets. Shabbat morning services will return after the High Holy Days beginning November 16th on the first and third Shabbat of each month. Our mornings will begin with a pot luck breakfast at 8:30. Our service will begin at 9:00. It will not be a full service. Rather, we will pick one part of the service each week and explore the fixed prayers through song, chants, niggun, and poetry. We will also study aspects of traditional service choreography, and traditional and modern interpretations of prayer. Following prayer and practice, we will study the Prophets. The prophetic voice has been central to Reform Judaism. Their voice is timeless. In the turbulent times we live in, it will do all of us well to raise the volume of their call. We aim to complete our Shabbat morning program around 10 A.M.

Holiday services and festival observances unite the entire congregation. Beginning the year with a Break-the-Fast after Yom Kippur, we frequently dine together before Shabbat services and festival celebrations. Decorating the Sukkah is a family event, and on the Shabbat during Chanukah we light our family Chanukiot together in the sanctuary. About one-hundred members attend the congregational Seder at Passover.  Our Jewish year revolves around communal prayer and participation as we join to celebrate the sacred.

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