Upcoming Observances

Please save these dates for religious worship at Temple Ohav Shalom in May and June:

  • Saturday, July 1 – Saturday morning worship with Rabbi Weisblatt
  • Saturday, August 19 – Erica W’s Bat Mitzvah
  • Friday, August 25 – Shabbat In The Park (New Location!)

Times listed below are typical starting times. To confirm the actual starting time for a specific date, please check our Temple calendar for details.


Shabbat worship services are held on Friday evenings at varying times (see below) and Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM unless there is a bar/bat mitzvah. On those mornings, services will begin at 10:30 AM. Please consult our calendar for exact times before you go. Our services follow the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) framework. On Saturday mornings, when there is no B’nai Mitzvah, the Shabbat service is preceded at 9:00 AM by an informal discussion of the weekly Torah reading led by our Rabbi or lay leaders when the need arises. In addition to our more traditional services, we also have special services throughout the year tailored to families and small children. Our services often feature a unique musical ensemble and guest musicians or speakers.

Traditional Kabbalat Shabbat (7:30 PM)

On the regular Friday evenings we hold a traditional Shabbat worship service. We conclude the evening by gathering downstairs in the social hall for challah, wine and treats provided by our temple families.

First Friday Family Shabbat (6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Service)

Our Shabbat celebration on the first Friday of the month is typically oriented towards families with school-age children. On these days, we begin the evening with a dinner in our social hall at 6:00 PM, and follow with a 7:00 PM service in the sanctuary focusing on the family.

Tot Shabbat (6:00 PM Service followed by dinner, then Kabbalat Shabbat)

Tot Shabbat is a service geared toward the youngest members of our congregation (typically age 7 and under) starting at 6:00 PM on the 3rd Friday of each month from September through June. Prayer, songs, stories, participation and extra surprises help engage the children, aiming to make Judaism a meaningful and enjoyable part of their lives from an early age. The children dance, march, sing and soak up the joyful spirit of Shabbat. This popular service usually lasts 30 minutes.

Following the service, families gather in the social hall for Oneg Shabbat and dinner. Pizza, salad and other “kid-friendly” foods are typically served. These popular dinners provide parents and children with a great opportunity to meet, eat, greet and socialize.

Shabbat in the Park

Typically held on an August Friday in a grove at North Park, congregants bring food and drink to this outdoor Shabbat celebration. This well-attended event is also a great way to catch up with friends and exchange summer vacation stories.

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