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EREV SHABBAT SERVICES
A synagogue has many roles, but its most fundamental is to be a house of worship. Since at least the beginning of the twentieth century, the centerpiece of Temple B’nai Abraham worship is the Friday evening service, Erev Shabbat, when we welcome Shabbat. Over the decades, as times have changed, congregational leaders have varied that service to meet the tastes, needs and desires of an evolving world and an evolving community of congregants. A study of synagogues in the last century and a half would be a study in diverse prayer books, music and worship styles, and that principle continues today.
In recent years the Ritual Committee has considered the nature of our Erev Shabbat Services. We are excited to share with you two innovations we are confident will enhance the worship experience for us all.
1. All Friday night services will begin at 6:30 PM. Earlier services are becoming ever more popular in American synagogue life and this has been reflected in participation at Temple B’nai Abraham as well. For our members, 6:30 PM seems to strike a balance between being late enough to give younger children something to eat, and early enough so that adults and older children can have a relaxed Shabbat dinner after.
2. Beginning in September, the minhag of Friday night services will vary in a regular rotation. As an extended family we enjoy a range of worship styles, especially those which lend to more congregational participation and singing. In general, we will follow the following schedule:
First Friday Klezmer band, in the Ross Sanctuary (or an instrumental trio will accompany our worship)
Second Friday Clergy led service in Gittlin Chapel, with keyboard accompaniment
Third Friday Guitarist Toby Singer joins the clergy in a contemporary, reflective service on June 10 or Ilya Maslov, pianist, June 17.
Fourth Friday Service with Choir and Organ, in the Ross Sanctuary
The band and Toby have both proven popular and we are delighted they will continue to be a regular part of our worship. Holiday and vacation times may, of course, lead to alterations in this schedule. The website’s worship calendar will always have details about upcoming services. As well, this rotation does not include July and August, when we will follow the schedule of outdoor services we have for many years.
Services will continue to last approximately forty-five minutes, and will include remarks by a member of the clergy. Services in the Ross Sanctuary with choir and organ will last slightly longer, and will include a more formal sermon.
Another point we wish to make is that given the popularity of “dress down” Shabbats, we want to encourage you to dress for services in a way that you find comfortable. This is not, of course, a call for jeans and T-shirts, but to achieve the warmth and welcoming feeling we all desire, by all means don’t feel you need to dress up. Just show up!
It is our fervent hope that as we continue to make the way we worship more acceptable and more inviting to all, you will feel that much more inspired to make our sacred time together a regular part of your week. And if there are ways in which you think you and others might be moved even more, be sure to let us know!
With best wishes for a fun and relaxing rest-of-summer,
Rabbi Clifford M. Kulwin Bruce H. Greene
Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz Edward Meinhardt
Cantor Jessica Epstein Ritual Committee Co-Chairs
pLEASE NOTE: pL Erev Shabbat 6:30 PM
All Friday Evening Shabbat Services begin at 6:30 PM
Blessing of birthday children occurs first Friday of every month, from September to June
Saturdays 9:30 –11:00 AM in the Brody Youth Lounge
Sign in DOWNSTAIRS for Junior Congregation service attendance credit.
Sign in UPSTAIRS (next to ladies’ rest room) for credit when attending regular Shabbat services.
3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th grade students will be meeting in the Brody Youth Lounge
Junior Congregation meets once a month and is designed to help your children become comfortable leading the service here at TBA. We ask each family to do their best to have the children attend 8 services during the year.
They can include Junior Congregation, Holidays (excluding Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur), Sunday Morning Men’s Club Minyan, and Friday night or Saturday Shabbat services.
Please make sure that your child signs in downstairs for Junior Congregation in the Brody Youth Lounge.
If they are attending a non-Junior Congregation service, have your child sign the book located on the table outside of the ladies’ rest room.
Special Jewish Learning Program Shabbat Services on Fridays
Tot Shabbat Service
Fridays, from 5:45 PM
Throughout the year, preschoolers and their parents are encouraged to join us for a lively Tot Shabbat service. Led by our rabbi and cantor, we welcome Shabbat with singing, clapping, stories and celebration! Tot Shabbat is followed by a pizza dinner with either a craft project, or Shabbat/holiday story or event. Tot Shabbat Services will resume on Friday, October 9, 2015, 5:45 PM.
Prayers, Songs, Stories and Lots of Fun! All Services are on Fridays @ 5:45 PM and include a pizza dinner
- Fridays, at 6:30 PM (outdoors on the patio, weather permitting). Begins Friday, July 1. Last summer service Friday, September 2.
- Saturdays, at 9:30 AM (Parashat HaShavuah, at 8:30 AM). Begins Saturday, July 2. Last summer service Saturday, September 3
All services are led by members of the clergy. To ensure that our worship continues with vigor and spirit throughout this slower paced time of year, as well as to be certain those who come to say kaddish are able to do so in a warm, friendly setting, we ask each Temple member to make an effort to attend Saturday morning services at least once during the summer. A critical mass of worshippers makes a wonderful difference for all who are present. With thanks for your collaboration, and best wishes for a restful and relaxing summer.
photo courtesy of Merle Kalishman
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