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.
We are rolling out themed services for Friday evenings, beginning at 7:00 PM, with the exception of the second Friday of the month. That second Friday service, which incorporates more traditional music, begins at 7:30 PM. The first Friday of the month is usually geared toward families with younger school-age children. The third Friday incorporates more contemporary music, often with instrumentation. Fourth and fifth Fridays have varying themes. 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 (6:15 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Service)
Our Shabbat celebration on the first Friday of the month is open for everyone, and the service is typically oriented toward families with school-age children. On these days during the Religious School year, we begin the evening with a dinner in our social hall at 6:15 PM, and follow with a 7:00 PM service in the sanctuary.
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 a Friday in August 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.