Jewish Life & Worship
Shabbat, the sacred Jewish day of rest and celebration, begins on Friday evening and continues until sunset on Saturday. We encourage our members and families to observe Shabbat with the Congregation as well as to explore and commit to meaningful personal and familial values and rituals. Childcare is provided at 6:15 Friday evening services and on Saturday mornings beginning with Torah study at 9:15 am.
The Fall High Holy days are the highlight of the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, ten days later, are the most sacred days of the year. Our High Holy day services and programs invite reflection, renewal and awareness. Our services are held in our sanctuary and led by our Rabbis and volunteer members of the synagogue.
Beth El observes the holidays of Jewish calendar with services, celebrations, study programs and opportunities for engagement and social action. A list of the dates of Jewish holidays in the current and coming years is available on the URJ website.
Welcoming children – whether new born or newly adopted at any age - is one of the great joys of the congregation. Traditionally, Jewish boys are circumcised and given a name on the eighth day after they're born. This ceremony is called brit milah, the covenant of circumcision. At Beth El, we encourage parents to welcome their daughters and give them a name on the eight day as well. The ceremony for girls is called brit chaim, the covenant of life.
Young people – and adults - are called to the Torah as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at the regularly scheduled Shabbat morning services of the congregation. During the service, the Bar or Bat Mitzvah student reads from the Torah, leads parts of the services and presents a teaching on the Torah portion. The student works closely with the Rabbis in the months leading up to the service to prepare their participation and shape a service which is personally authentic and meaningful.
“Celebrating with the beloveds” is one of the mitzvot (Jewish religious obligations) which “have no limit.” Our clergy are delighted to officiate at the Jewish weddings of our members and children of our members; for many couples, joining the synagogue is part of their wedding preparation. Rabbi Kahn is eager to speak to you about your plans for your wedding and your Jewish home; our rabbis officiate at weddings for two Jewish partners and for interfaith couples.