Kabbalat Shabbat – Friday Evening Service

Kabbalat Shabbat at Beth El is an experience. It begins as congregants gather together with family and friends, bid farewell to the week that has passed, reconnect with one another and welcome Shabbat with joyous song.

At 6 p.m., a wordless melody, niggun, invites all into the sanctuary, where we light Shabbat candles and recite blessings together. We bless the aroma of spices, awakening our senses and sharing the wonderful smells that signal Shabbat’s beginning. We sing the words of traditional Psalms to new melodies, until the ancient hymn, L’cha Dodi, signals the arrival of Shabbat.

As we greet Shabbat and one another, our evening service begins, using the prayers of our tradition, time for personal prayer and meditation, and a brief teaching to ground our Shabbat experience in the week’s Torah portion.

By 7 PM, we conclude our welcome of this day of rest and celebration with – food, of course! Prayers for wholeness and peace bring us to the Kiddush table, Shabbat wine, delicious challah (braided bread), and a lovely array of appetizers, supplied each week by congregants – filling us for our Shabbat journeys homeward, or preparing us for a meal together as a community.

Our monthly schedule seeks to balance the individual family and communal needs of congregants. Check our home page for the time of this week’s service, or the calendar for service times in future weeks.

Service Times, September thru May

  • The first Friday night of the month services are at 6 p.m. We hold a pot-luck supper following services.
  • The second and fourth Friday of the month services are at 6 p.m.., with hors d’oeuvres following services.
  • The third Friday night of the month services are at 7 :30p.m. and will be a Shabbat Rinah Service,  with a beautiful Oneg (dessert meal) followed by leisure time for connecting and enjoying our collective company.

We hope you’ll join us each and every Friday night as we welcome Shabbat.

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Beth El has provided me with an opportunity to be both a teacher and a student; a chance to teach our children and to learn from them.
— Sheila G