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Worship Service Times
Friday Night Shabbat Worship Services: 7:30 p.m.
Friday Night Tot Shabbat (3rd Friday): 6:00 p.m.
Saturday Morning Shabbat Worship Services (B’nai Mitzvah): 10:30 a.m.
Friday Night Shabbat Worship:
Join us every Friday night at 7:30 as we welcome Shabbat. We enjoy community, friendship, prayer, music, and learning. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend these services, and will enjoy the musical prayer experience led by our cantor and accompanists, as well as the wisdom of our rabbi on the Torah portion of the week. Our oneg Shabbat, at the conclusion of each worship experience, offers everyone an opportunity to nosh (snack) and kibbitz (socialize). We offer a different worship experience each week of the month:
1st Friday: Family Shabbat – Jr. Choir, Birthday Blessings
2nd Friday: Adult Choir
3rd Friday: Guitar Accompaniment, Wedding Anniversary Blessings
4th Friday: Rockin’ Shabbat complete with live musical ensemble and video t’filah
5th Friday: Classical Reform Shabbat
Saturday Morning Shabbat Worship:
Everyone who attends our Shabbat morning worship services experiences the tremendous warmth and joy of Temple Beth Elohim. Our B’nai Mitzvah students join the clergy to lead prayers, offer their insights on Torah and the meaning of mitzvot, and chant from the Torah and Haftarah in front of family, friends, and the congregation. Some services welcome a single bar or bat mitzvah student into young adulthood in our community; some welcome two students. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend these services.
Holiday and Festival Worship Services
High Holy Days:
Temple Beth Elohim hosts worship services for both days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Our Family High Holy Day worship services, Second Day Rosh Hashana, and Yizkor/N’ila worship services are open to the community. We also observe a late night S’lichot experience on the Shabbat prior to Rosh Hashana.
Our congregation welcomes new students to Religious Education through Consecration during our evening Sukkot worship. We sing and dance with the Torah on the evening of Simchat Torah. We join together as a community for a seder on the second night of Passover and dedicate new Yarzeit plaques on the eve of the final night of Passover. We delight in the continued study of our Confirmation students who participate in our evening Shavuot worship. We observe Yizkor on each of the Festivals. We celebrate Chanukah together on Shabbat and in our Religious School. Our “Purim Extravaganza” featuring a full creative production with live music is not to be missed. Please refer to our worship calendar for holiday worship dates and times.
Babies, toddlers and preschoolers have the time of their lives singing, dancing, learning, praying, spending time with their rabbi, cantor, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends at Temple Beth Elohim’s extraordinary Tot Shabbat celebrations. At 6:00 p.m. on the third Friday night of every month, our Rabbi and Cantor conduct a most meaningful, warm, joyful service for tots and their families. Everyone has a great time. After the service there is an oneg (snack), and then many families stay and socialize while children play.
On the fourth Friday of each month, we clear the bima for the temple’s Rock Band. The service is conducted in an all-music format, with the words projected on a screen to enable the congregation to sing, dance, and have fun. If you’ve never experienced this service, be sure to attend one. You’ll certainly return for more. Dress code for this service is respectful casual.
Special Worship Services
We truly embrace Shabbat as a day of joy and merriment. To add to our delight we often enhance our worship experience by celebrating with members of our community creating a distinctive Shabbat experience. These special worship experiences include Brotherhood Shabbat, Sisterhood Shabbat, Marriage Re-Consecration Shabbat, 7th Grade Moving Up and Teacher Recognition Shabbat, High School Graduation Shabbat, Choir and Volunteer Recognition Shabbat, and we celebrate Jewish Music Month in the March. During the summertime we celebrate a few Shabbat evenings on the beach, complete with a community picnic dinner and a pot luck oneg/dessert.
In addition to our higher moments, we commemorate some of the darker eras in our history by observing Kristallnacht, and Yom Hashoah.
Please refer to our worship calendar for all special worship dates and times.
The temple has a volunteer adult choir, which sings once a month, as well as for special services during the year, and for the High Holidays. It is open to the community. All you need is a desire to be part of a fun and dedicated group of musicians. And, the best thing is you don’t have to read Hebrew, or even music (although it is helpful). The choir rehearses on selected Thursday nights throughout the year. Speak with Cantor Pilatsky if you’re interested in joining.
Members of the temple’s religious school make up our Junior Choir. The Junior Choir sings at our monthly Family Service, as well as at the High Holiday Family Service. The children enjoy the camaraderie, and with an opportunity to have solos during the service, it is a wonderful
opportunity to prepare for conducting the service at one’s bar or bat mitzvah service.