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Our Services
Temple Shalom
A Reform Jewish Congregation
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Shabbat Morning Services (Saturday mornings)
Every Shabbat Morning at 10:00 AM - Shabbat Morning Worship and Study

A fairly brief Shabbat morning service (including a reading from the Torah scroll), followed by in-depth study, intimate prayer, and informal congeniality. Meets in the Chapel. Rabbi Feshbach, Cantor Levine, Director of Education Rabbi Rachel Ackerman, and others share their scholarly insights and participate with us weekly in a lively discussion on our most fundamental sacred text

Shabbat Morning Service at 10:00 AM

Held in the Sanctuary, the participation of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah in this service reflects our pride in our students, and their commitment to continue their Jewish education represents, in turn, the best hope for the next generation of Jewish adults. Check the Temple calendar to see if a Sanctuary service is listed for the coming week.
Erev Shabbat (Friday evenings)
At Temple Shalom, we take the commandment to 'celebrate' Shabbat seriously. Our services are joyful, warm and welcoming, with something to touch both the mind and heart." A variety of worship experiences throughout the month provide members different ways to engage the power of prayer - and the potential of Jewish spirituality to reach our souls and change our lives. All of our Friday Shabbat services begin at 7:30 PM unless otherwise stated.

Some January and February, and all July and August services begin at 6:30 PM. See weekly calendar on front page for upcoming service times.

1st Friday - Tot Shabbat, 5:30 PM, followed by a Congregational Dinner; Family Service, 7:30 PM
Children are always welcome at ALL of our services, but the first Friday night of each month is especially designed for families. Tot Shabbat introduces Judaism to children not yet old enough to read. Our Family Services last about one hour, followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, and feature a different religious school grade as well as our fabulous TSY Choir. Our monthly birthday blessing occurs as part of the service, and camp-style music, led by Cantor Lisa on guitar, engages and uplifts the congregation while the Rabbi usually tells a story.

2nd Friday - Shir Shalom Music Shabbat or Soulful Shabbat Ruach, 7:30 PM
We come together in song and celebration, as Shir Shalom, our amazing adult choir, enhances our worship, with the participation of the entire congregation always in mind. Every other month, the Shir Shalom Choir is joined by the Shabbat Ruach Band with an uplifting service in the world-beat style. The sermon message is brief and the focus is the music!

3rd Friday - Traditional Piano Shabbat, 7:30pm
Our Traditional Shabbat at 7:30 PM usually includes a Torah Service and a sermon from the Rabbi. The music, featuring our talented accompanist Andrew Stewart, incorporates old standards and favorite new liturgy from the Reform repertoire.

4th Friday - Folk Shabbat, 7:30 PM
A guitar-accompanied less formal service in the Sanctuary featuring Israeli, camp and contemporary folk music and an informal sermon/teaching by the Rabbi.

5th Friday (when it occurs) - Erev Shabbat Service, 7:30 PM
An informal mix of traditional and contemporary worship styles in a brief and warm service environment.
Watch for updates and special programs!

Other Religious Services
Wednesday Morning Minyan, 7:30 AM
Every Wednesday morning at 7:30 AM, a group of people meet in the chapel to pray and learn—and then shmooze (chat) over bagels and coffee. Members and non-members are welcome at this informal shacharit (morning) service. No Hebrew literacy required. This service offers an opportunity to say Kaddish or to reflect on a lifecycle event in a sacred space.

Yoga Shalom
Led by Cantor Lisa Levine, Yoga Shalom is the spiritual and physical embodiment of daily prayer. The service is accompanied by specially selected and recorded music designed to intensify the worship connection and enrich the soul. Held on occasional Shabbat mornings. See calendar for listings. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel and a bottle of water.

Holidays and Festivals
Full partners in the spiritual renaissance taking place in the Reform movement, Temple Shalom has responded to members' desires for more - and more meaningful - celebrations throughout the year. Our growing calendar now includes a Second Day Rosh Hashanah service, congregational sukkah building, a Tu B'Shevat seder, a Second Night Congregational Seder and even a Clergy Matzah Brei Cook-Off in conjunction with the morning service the first day of Passover. Festival Morning Services now take place at their traditional times, often as joint services with other area Reform congregations.
Guide To Services
At Temple Shalom, strength, joy, and purpose abound in our contemporary approach to Jewish worship. Experience our warm and family-friendly atmosphere. Explore the richness of our evolving tradition. Lift your voice as your spirit resonates to the sound of our musical and liturgical heritage. And celebrate the diversity we call family. Children are welcome at every service.

Our complete Guide To Services describes what you can expect at services. Also, please read The Gift of Shabbat.

Special services for Families and Children.