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.

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Kahal Shabbat Morning Worship

9:30 - 11:45 a.m. in the Weiner Room

Kahal means community and Kahal is a place where everyone is welcome. This highly participatory intergenerational service includes worship, singing, thought-provoking Torah study. and fellowship, with a Kiddush afterward (and a monthly potluck lunch).

Kahal is composed of people from many different backgrounds who bring diverse knowledge and skills to the service. Children and families are welcome, and everyone is encouraged to find his/her own way to be a part of the service. Whether you are a newcomer to Beth Emet or a longtime member, you will find Kahal a friendly, welcoming place to be.

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Resources for Kahal D'var Torah preparation:

pdfGuidelines: How to prepare a D'var Torah
pdfWhat is PaRDeS? (four approaches to understanding & interpreting text)

Shabbat Morning Minyan

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in Room 208
Each Shabbat morning features a worship service and a lively discussion of the week’s Torah reading. Led by lay Hebrew readers, the service mixes prayer and song followed by a participatory discussion that focuses on interpretation aimed at both historic and contemporary understanding of the Parsha. A festive Kiddish follows.

Originally designed in the 1960s by Beth Emet member Herbert Hubert z"l, and the service includes a blend of spirituality, intellectuality, and camaraderie.

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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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