Beth Emet - The Free Synagogue

Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

A New, Monthly Shabbat Experience

Shabbat at Beth Emet for web

First Fridays begin on Friday, May 3
6:15 p.m.
Congregational Shabbat Dinner
7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Shabbat Dinner is $16 per adult | $10 per child (age 5-12) by Wednesday, May 1. $20 | $14 thereafter. RSVP by online form.

Shabbat at Beth Emet offers an opportunity for us to come together as a community and make space in our busy lives to rest, reflect, pray, and study. From Friday evening through Saturday night, it’s wonderful to be able to slow down and take time to rejuvenate ourselves, engage in deep conversation, and enjoy friends and family. When we recently asked some Beth Emet members what they liked about Shabbat, one said, “I love being part of the community and sharing in musical moments.” Another said, “Shabbat gives me the sense of my Jewish family.”

At Beth Emet we are always trying to find ways to make Shabbat meaningful and engaging for the whole community. We have a myriad of Shabbat worship, study, and communal meal opportunities for all ages, as described pdfin this brochure. One way we hope to make Friday night services an option for more people is to change the start time of Kabbalat Shabbat Services on the first Friday of each month to 7:30 p.m. “First Fridays” will begin on May 3. That evening, we will host a Shabbat Dinner starting at 6:15 p.m. On subsequent First Fridays, an Oneg Shabbat with sweets and fruit will follow the service.

We also plan to host Shabbat dinners before some of the other 7:30 p.m. services as well as following some of our 6:30 p.m. services. After a few months, we will assess the Friday evening worship schedule and adjust as needed. Please check EmetMail or bethemet.org for more information.

Also note that other than First Fridays, all Kabbalat Shabbat services will continue to start at 6:30 p.m., with an Oneg Shabbat prior to services beginning at 5:45 p.m.

There are many ways at Beth Emet to mark Shabbat as a special day. We look forward to sharing many Shabbats together.

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Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

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