Temple Beth El

Erev Shabbat
At Temple Beth El, we recognize that our congregants have differing needs.  Therefore, we have several types of Friday night worship services. 

Regular Friday Night Service

The Shabbat Service on Friday night is the primary worshipping experience at Temple Beth El. Music that is both accessible and participatory enhances this service. We use both Hebrew and English in our liturgy and much of the Hebrew is transliterated for our non-Hebrew readers. At most of these services we read or chant from the Torah and Rabbi Briskin or a guest speaker offers a topical sermon or an interpretation from the Torah portion. Following the service, an Oneg Shabbat with scrumptious homemade pastries enables people to meet and mingle. This service begins at 7:30 p.m. Please check the home page for any seasonal changes.

First Friday Family Shabbat

Our fun and lively worship experience, beginning at 6:30 pm features exuberant singing, a child-friendly liturgy, and lasts no longer than one hour. In addition, we offer birthday blessings to children under the age of 13, plus a story, a brief skit or a few songs from our talented youth choir. 

All children twelve and under are invited to lead the hakafah, the Torah parade around the Sanctuary and come to the bimah to lead the congregation in Kiddush, the blessing over the wine and HaMotzi, the blessing over the hallah at the end of the service.

Third Friday Musical Shabbat 

The Third Friday is our Musical Shabbat Service featuring our TBE musicians.  Our fun and lively worship experience, beginning at 6:30 p.m featuring congregational singing, toe-tapping and hand-clapping melodies, and lively accompaniment.  You won't want to miss this uplifting spiritual experience.
Guest Speakers

Periodically throughout the year, we invite local scholars, community leaders and members of Temple Beth El to speak during the Friday night service. Check the interactive calendar to see when our next guest will be speaking.