worship at Beth Israel is a very special time for all of our
congregants. Shabbat is a gift from God that every week we pause to set
aside the demands of our daily lives, reflect on our accomplishments
and strive to set new goals. We offer a wide variety of worship
opportunities to enhance your and your family’s worship experiences.
All are welcome to any of our services.
Shabbat Friday Night Sanctuary Services
service offers members an uplifting more traditional service led by one
of our Rabbis along with our Cantor and accomplished choir and Choir
Director. Congregants participate in both prayer and music, joining in
to sing familiar favorite melodies as well as learning new ones. There
are also moments for reflection during solos and silent prayer. Our
B’nai Mitzvah assist in leading the service and share the bimah with
their families for the memorable moment the Torah is passed from
generation to generation. The names of those whose yahrzeits are being
observed are read along with the names of those in need of healing as
the congregation offers Mi Sheberakh, the prayer for healing, and the
Rabbi offers an inspiring sermon on a major spiritual or social topic.
Shabbat Friday Night Chapel Services
Chapel service will appeal to those who prefer a more contemporary and
informal service with lots of music from guitars to keyboard, led by
one of our Rabbis and assisted by our members and often some of our
Religious School students. This service also includes taking the Torahs
throughout the congregation along with Mi Sheberakh, the prayer for
healing. Because of the more intimate setting, members are asked to
stand and recall the names of loved ones whose yahrzeit anniversaries
are being observed that week.
Shabbat Morning Minyan in the Chapel
small, highly participatory and inspiring early Saturday morning
service features prayer, singing and Torah discussion in a more
informal, relaxed and friendly setting in our Gordon Chapel. Volunteers
take turns leading the service, reading from the Torah and delivering a
D’var Torah. No experience is required and all are invited to worship
Shabbat Morning Services in Sanctuary or Chapel
Shabbat celebration continues on Saturday mornings with a warm,
participatory community service led by our Rabbis and young adults
becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Our B’nai Mitzvah read from the Torah
which is followed by their D’var Torah, their personal commentary on
lessons we can learn from that week’s Torah portion.
each Saturday morning before our main service, this group delves into
discussions on the week’s Torah portion and its meanings and nuances.
Led by one our clergy, our featured Scholar-in-Residence or other
special guest speakers, extensive knowledge is not required and all are
welcome to participate in these often lively sessions held in the Board Room.
the 2nd Friday of every month one of our Rabbis will lead us in Family
Shabbat - a fun celebration of Shabbat for our youngest members.The
evening will include a healthy dinner, songs, a story, and Shabbat
blessings for the whole family. This program is geared for children
from newborn to kindergarten. Tot Shabbat will be in Levit Hall
(formerly the Assembly Hall) — please enter the building through the
Shlenker doors. Reservations are required for dinner.
your kids are in kindergarten or younger, you don’t want to miss our
monthly Shabbat Shindig! We will meet 10:00 — 11:30 am on the
designated Saturday morning of each month for songs, bagels, games, and a
story. One of our Rabbis will lead our Shabbat Shindig in Levit Hall
— you can enter the building through the Shlenker doors. Older siblings
and friends are, of course, welcome … but our activities will be geared
to the younger kids.