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Shabbat

FridayNightArkShabbat is a time to both celebrate and seek personal renewal as we end the week and welcome the day of rest. Reflecting the wide range of Jewish music that enhances prayer and to meet the different needs of our community, Temple Beth Am offers a variety of Shabbat services. If you have general questions about our services, download Understanding a Shabbat Service.

Friday Night Shabbat Services

Music is such an important part of our worship that each of our Friday night services revolves around a different theme: choir, jazz, acoustic, and klezmer. From trained musicians and well-versed volunteers to enthusiastic members in the congregation, every week we warmly fill the Temple Beth Am Sanctuary with song. And don’t be surprised if people are literally dancing in the aisles: participation is encouraged!

Each Friday night service includes an oneg: light snacks and a chance to schmooze with others. See below on how you can help sponsor an oneg for the congregation.

We also often have special speakers on some Friday nights, including knowledgeable congregants and guests from outside of our community. See our Calendar or read below for who might be visiting us this month.
 

 

Upcoming Events:

Annual Kabbalat Shabbat Celebrating Yiddish
Friday, July 27, 6:15 PM

Beth Am Sanctuary
Our annual celebration of all things Yiddish will feature Yiddish poetry, songs, and prayers. All Yiddish material will be translated. The evening will include traditional Hebrew liturgy and English readings. Instrumental accompaniment from Wendy Marcus and Shawn Weaver. Financial support from the Alfred and Tillie Shemanski Trust Fund.

Summer Kabbalat Shabbat

Each Friday throughout July at 6:15 PM, preceded by an oneg at 5:45 PM

Led by members of our congregation, summer Shabbat services offer a delightful range of themes, such as Yiddish Shabbat, and often take place outside in our courtyard if the weather is good. 

Choir Kabbalat Shabbat

1st Friday of the month at 8:00 PM, followed by an oneg

Hear the best of Jewish choral music, open your heart in prayer, and make new friends at the oneg following services. This service includes the wonderful music of our highly regarded choir, accompanied by grand piano, bass, and congregational singing. The evening includes a full sermon and Torah reading.

You can hear selections from our choir in short samples to the right under the menu options.

Jazzy Kabbalat Shabbat

2nd Friday of the month at 8:00 PM, followed by oneg

Be moved by the prayers of our tradition and the contributions of Shawn Weaver, Murl Sanders, and Michael Marcus, who are gifted musicians and make this service an event not to be missed! The talents and musical prayers of our jazz musicians augment this beautiful service, which includes a full sermon and Torah reading.

Acoustic Kabbalat Shabbat

3rd Friday of the month at 6:15 PM, preceded by an oneg at 5:45 PM

A family-friendly service that begins with an alcohol-free oneg, this Shabbat is musically led on guitar with Cantor Victor Geigner, who guides us through the music and teaches new songs for all of us to sing together. This service includes a story sermon and short Torah reading. We conclude with kiddush in the foyer. This is the perfect way to bring everyone together around the joy of Shabbat, and then have guests at home for Shabbat dinner.

Klezmer Kabbalat Shabbat with Wendy Marcus

4th Friday of the month at 6:15 PM, preceded by an oneg at 5:45 PM

Join us for an oneg with wine, cheese, hummus, and other treats, and then participate in a lively service that is infused with the joy of klezmer music, including the sounds of clarinet and tuba. This service includes a short sermon but no Torah reading. These evenings are kid-friendly and include a time for introspection. The service concludes by 7:15 PM with kiddush in the foyer, in time to go home for a beautiful Shabbat dinner.

On the 4th Friday of the month, we also have Healing Challahs, part of our Caring Community initiative.

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Kinder Kabbalat

1st Friday of the month at 6:00 PM

This service, designed especially for kids 6 years old and younger, begins with a greeting, candle blessings, and challah in our foyer and continues with prayers on the floor, dancing, stories, and blessings in the Temple Beth Am Sanctuary. The service is led by one of our rabbis and the amazing Shoshanah Stombaugh, teacher extraordinaire, who is an expert in welcoming children to the joy of Shabbat.

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Sponsor an Oneg

We have a wonderful way to celebrate Shabbat at Temple Beth Am: sponsor an oneg for Shabbat (before or after evening services) in honor of a special person or occasion, or in memory of a loved one.

The cost to sponsor an oneg is $100. Dates will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your name and the name of the honoree will be mentioned at the Shabbat service for the oneg you are sponsoring.

To sponsor an oneg, go here.

If you are a member, login with your ChaverWeb user name and password;
if you are a new user, enter your name and create a password.

Select “Events & Purchases," choose "Shabbat Oneg Sponsorship" and fill in your information, including "Preferred Oneg Sponsorship Date."

If you are a member and don’t know your ChaverWeb user name or password, or if you need help with this process, contact Beth Am Facilities Manager Victoria Guy by email or 206-525-0915 x205.

You can also email Rachel Schachter, Director of Development, to sponsor an oneg.

Saturday Morning Shabbat Services

Every Shabbat morning we embrace communal worship and rousing Torah study.

Torah Study: 9:15 - 10:15 AM
Beth Am’s popular weekly Torah Study works its way each week through the entire text of the Torah. It takes a few years to read the entire text because it will include commentary, lively discussion, and a chance to go deeper into the readings. You are invited, whatever your skill set, to join us at any time during the year in the K'hilah Center and be part of reading the whole Torah.

Shabbat Morning Service: 10:30 AM
We have a service open to the entire community every Saturday morning, whether led by our B'nai Mitzvah or lay leaders.

B'nai Mitzvah services include our choir, a sermon by the rabbi, and community members participating in Torah reading and honors, as well as those that the B'nai Mitzvah families are honoring. We end with a kiddush lunch, hosted by the B'nai Mitzvah families, for all who attend services.

Shabbat Morning Minyan: 10:30 AM
On Saturdays when there is no B’nai Mitzvah, we have intimate and musical services led by lay leaders, which include an interactive rabbinic teaching. Since these services are followed by a dairy potluck, bring something to share and make new friends at these beautiful, more intimate, services.

Tot Shabbat

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This special introduction to Shabbat takes place in the Temple Beth Am Sanctuary and includes story, dancing, and a mini-Torah reading. The service is led by one of our rabbis and the amazing Shoshana Stombaugh, teacher extraordinaire, who is an expert in welcoming children to the joy of Shabbat. If it is your first time at Tot Shabbat, contact Beth Am's Director of Commuity Engagement Alexis Kort in advance and she or a temple member will meet you at the event and introduce you to the other participating families.

Choir

Choir

At Temple Beth Am, we believe in the transformational power of music: that it lifts our soul and energizes our spirit, that its very nature can inspire and connect us to one another.

We are blessed with a volunteer choir that sings at services on the first Friday night of each month and on Saturday mornings when there is a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, choosing from a repertoire that includes Chassidic, Classical Reform, Israeli, Yemenite, Yiddish, and contemporary Jewish music.

Contact Choir Director Taryn Webber for more information about how you can image.pngconnect with Temple Beth Am choir.

Best of Beth Am
We have a variety of songs from our Choir available for listening. Some are contemplative and restful, others are invigorating and joyous, but all are uplifting. You can find short selections of some of these beloved standards on the right, or you can go here to hear pieces by our in-house resident composer, Shawn Weaver.

Rehearsals
While the ability to read sheet music is preferred, care is taken to include and nurture those who cannot. Singers may join the choir any time during the year (except July when the choir is off) and do not need to be members of Temple Beth Am.

The choir’s regular rehearsals are at 7:30 PM on the first Wednesday of each month. In preparation for the musical marathon of the High Holy Days, the choir generally rehearses six Wednesdays in a row. Each section of the choir is anchored by a professional. Choir members are expected to attend rehearsals and as many services as possible.

Please check back for more information about how you can connect with Temple Beth Am choir.

For more information about Shabbat, including customs, blessings for home observance, and what to expect at Shabbat services, go to ReformJudaism.org.