Shabbat

Beth Emet comes together for Shabbat, a time to find peace and rejuvenation.

Through worship, communal Shabbat meals, and study, we create the time and space that allows us to connect with ourselves, our heritage, and one another.

During this challenging time when we all cannot always be together in person, we continue to gather for meaningful and engaging Shabbat worship, study, and connection online.

See the Beth Emet calendar for the current links to join services. Kabbalat Shabbat Services are also streaming live and recorded for our Facebook page.

To attend services in-person, please pre-register if you have not yet submitted vax information and signed the Brit (Covenant of Responsibility) by completing the online form.

“The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time.

It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation, from the world of creation to the creation of the world.”

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Kabbalat Shabbat Services (Fridays at 6:30pm)

Our Shabbat gathering begins with a Z’oneg — a time for you to share thoughts and celebrate the joys of the week in small groups.

Kabbalat Shabbat services follow online for uplifting music, meaningful prayer, inspiration from our clergy, and thoughtful words from special speakers. Is it your birthday? On the first Friday of the month, we offer blessings for those who celebrate birthdays in the coming month!

To include a name on the Mi Sheberach (healing) list and/or if you are observing a yahrzeit (memorial observance), please contact the office.


Kahal Shabbat Service (Saturdays at 9:30am)

The word kahal means community.

Kahal is a place where everyone is welcome — for communal worship, reflection, Torah study. Our highly participatory Kahal Shabbat morning service embraces all with heart-warming music and thought-provoking Torah study.

The Kahal Shabbat Service starts at 9:30am and participants arrive throughout the morning. The service concludes around 11:45am followed by Kiddush and socializing. In addition to traditional Shabbat morning prayers, the service includes:

  • Torah reading by individuals from the Beth Emet community
  • A thought-provoking discussion of the weekly Torah portion or Haftarah, typically led by a Beth Emet volunteer or a member of the clergy

Volunteers sign up online or in-person to read or chant blessings (in Hebrew or English), open the ark, carry the Torah, dress or raise the Torah, chant from the Torah, read or chant the Haftarah, or lead the discussion of the week’s Torah or Haftarah portion.

Being called to the Torah can be a meaningful way to mark a special occasion or life milestone. Sign up for a Kahal honor.


Shabbat Celebrations (Monthly)

Bring the warmth of Shabbat to the youngest member of your family.

Each month we’ll enjoy a fun celebration: a brief Saturday morning service and kiddush, a Havdalah sing-along, a Friday evening dinner, or even a pizza party!

Check our website for the plans this month.

Shabbat Shirah

Chanting and singing have always been a central element of worship.

Several times a year, Beth Emet focuses on the power of music during Shabbat Shirah, an entirely sung Kabbalat Shabbat service. The selection of the melodies, which range from the soulful and contemplative to the joyful and exuberant, intend to encourage all to sing along.

If a particular melody or piece of liturgy is not immediately familiar, following along with “la, la, la” will always do.