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. Children of all ages are welcome at all of our services. On Shabbat mornings, the Children's Library, adjacent to the sanctuary, is available to young children and their caregivers. The audio of the service is always available in the Children's Library.  Childcare is provided at some services; please contact the office for additional information. 


We welcome Shabbat on Friday evening with a brief 45-minute restorative and song-filled Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:15 pm, timed to allow participants to get home for Shabbat dinner. Many members come directly from work, with just a quick stop home to gather the kids.

Shabbat Yismechu, our monthly chanting service, takes place on the third Friday of the month at 6:15 pm. Led by Rabbi Reuben Zellman, we sing sacred words and wordless melodies from many corners of the Jewish world and share community through music. Drummers and instrumentalists are always welcome. Regardless of whether you think you can sing or not, everyone is enthusiastically welcomed at this wonderful gathering. All are enthusiastically welcomed whether or not you think you can sing.

Every Shabbat evening includes an Oneg Shabbat where we enjoy light refreshments and have an opportunity to mingle and shmooze. Shabbat dinners take place periodically during the course of the year.

Shabbat mornings at Beth El are filled with many opportunities to pray, study, sing and socialize.

The early morning minyan from 8:30 to 9:15 is a brief lay-led service that provides an intimate space for morning prayer.

Families with young children gather for learning and prayer from 9:15 to 11:45. The Chug Mishpachah program meets during the school year and is part of our youth and family education offering. More information about Chug Mishpachah and other K - 7th grade education opportunities here.

Torah study from 9:15 to 10:15 is a well-attended and beloved Beth El tradition. Each week, a different synagogue member presents a teaching on the weekly reading which in turn leads into a lively discussion. For many of our members, Torah study is the highlight of their week! After the formal program, many members continue the discussion at coffee hour immediately following.

Shabbat morning services are held in our sanctuary or the more intimate Beit Midrash beginning at 10:15 Led by our Rabbis, the complete service includes a Torah reading, teaching, music and prayer. The community celebrates life-cycle occasions together, including bar/bat mitzvahs, baby-namings, anniversaries and upcoming weddings. The entire community is always invited to attend the service and the Oneg Shabbat which follows; the service concludes around 12:15. Childcare is always provided.

Children and Shabbat

Children are always welcome at Beth El and in our services. We welcome their presence and their sounds and we understand that their attention spans can be short! Childcare is available at all early Friday evening services and on Shabbat mornings starting with Torah study at 9:15 am.

Special programs for families include….

  • monthly services for younger school-age children and their families. Shabbat Unplugged starts with Shabbat blessings and a potluck dinner. Then the Rabbi and songleader have a fun, upbeat, musical service. Watch out for surprise guests!
  • a monthly Tot Shabbat service for younger kids with a potluck dinner and plenty of music. It's over well before bedtime!