Shabbat Services

Shabbat Services

Because of our commitment to you and our community, we are doing what we can to limit the spread of the Corona Virus. Our primary consideration is for your health, therefore most TBS activities are cancelled (in person) at the Temple until further notice. However, we have many activities on-line through Zoom.

A Kabbalat Shabbat service is held at 7:30 pm every Friday evening.  The service welcoming Shabbat is joyous, filled with song and celebration.  Our prayer book is the Reform Siddur, Mishkan T’Filah. A selection from the week’s Torah portion is read and the service concludes with “naches,” a moment for expressing gratitude and sharing happy news.

Services are led by Rabbi Devora Buchen, who is an ordained cantor as well as Reform Rabbi.

Following Shabbat services, we gather in the Social Hall for Oneg Shabbat, a warm and relaxed time to spend with friends who feel like family.

On Shabbat morning (second and fourth Saturdays of the month), Rabbi Buchen leads a weekly Torah study group, with lively discussion, coffee and snacks.

The specific parashat for each Shabbat is announced in the emailed weekly announcements and includes a short summary so that you know ahead of time, what the Torah reading will be about.

When our young congregants become b’nai mitzvah, a special Shabbat service, including Torah reading, is led by the young person.  The entire congregation turns out to celebrate this milestone and welcome the b’nai mitzvah to full participation in the rituals of Jewish life.

Family Services

Planned through our Religious School, we have occasional Family Services for children.  We usually have a Children’s (Family) Service followed by a potluck dinner for all which is then followed by the Kabbalat Shabbat Service, and an Oneg afterwards for the desserts.

The children are invited to the bimah to participate in the service by reading English passages or chanting the prayers in Hebrew, a wonderful extension of what they are learning in religious school.  To illuminate a teaching from the week’s Torah portion, the Rabbi gathers the children around her for a “story” and discussion of the week’s reading.  Listening to the children and the Rabbi discuss the Torah portion is a truly delightful experience.

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