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FRIDAY EVENING 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, 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 prayerbooks, music and worship styles, and that principle continues today.
In recent years the Ritual Committee has considered the nature of our Friday night 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
Second Friday Clergy led service in Gittlin Chapel, with keyboard accompaniment
Third Friday Guitarist Toby Singer joins the clergy in a contemporary, reflective service in the Gittlin Chapel
Fourth Friday Service with Choir and Organ, in the Ross Sanctuary
Fifth Friday Clergy led service in Gittlin Chapel, with keyboard accompaniment.
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 Kabbalat 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
Special Jewish Learning Program Shabbat Services on Fridays, at 7:30 PM
|Friday, October 23 Third Grade Consecration||Friday, March 18 Third Grade Siddur Service|
|Friday, December 11 Hanukkah Service||Friday, April 8 Fourth Grade Service|
|Friday, May 6 Fifth Grade Service|
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
- Friday, October 9*
August, September & October birthdays
- Friday November 13*
- Friday, December 11*
Tot Hanukkah/Candle Lighting
Hanukkah: Bring your Hanukkah menorah
- Friday, January 8*
January & February birthdays
- Friday, March 11*
Three's Sing & special storyteller, founding Early School Director Sheila Grossman
March & April Birthdays
- Friday, May 13*
- Special Blessing for 2's & Ice Cream Party
May, June and July birthdays
*blessing of birthday children
Saturdays 9:30 –11:00 AM in the Brody Youth Lounge
Saturday, October 10
Saturday, November 14
Saturday, December 12
Saturday, January 9
Saturday, February 6
Saturday, March 12
Saturday, April 9
Saturday, May 14
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Shabbat B’Shir: A Musical Shabbat:
Several times a year, our worship is enhanced by special guest musicians, cantors and/or composers, who bring unique musical perspectives to our services.
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- Fridays, at 6:30 PM (outdoors on the patio, weather permitting).
- Saturdays, at 9:30 AM (Parashat HaShavuah, at 8:30 AM).
Summer Services 2015
The weekend of June 26-27 marks the beginning of the summer Shabbat service schedule. Through the end of August, all Friday evening services begin at 6:30 PM and all Saturday morning services begin at 9:30 AM, following an 8:30 AM session of Parashat HaShavuah.
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.
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