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. Visitors and guests are always welcome. If you would like to let us know in advance you are visiting us for the first time, please email Membership@templeshalom.net, and we will try to connect you with a member so you do not pray alone.
1st Friday (except summer services) - Tot Shabbat, 5:30 PM; followed by a Congregational Potluck Dinner; 6:15 p.m.; and Family Service, 7:30 PM
Children are always welcome at ALL of our services, but the first Friday night of each month from September to June is especially designed for families. Tot Shabbat introduces Judaism to children not yet old enough to read. Our Family Services aims to last about one hour (but sometimes extends further if we add an extra song or two), followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, and usually feature a different religious school grade. Services feature our fabulous Temple Shalom Youth and Teen Choirs with camp-style music led by Cantor Lisa on guitar to engage and uplift the congregation of all ages, while the Rabbi usually tells a story or offers a grade-appropriate sermon. Between Tot Shabbat and Family Services, often over 100 members join for a festive Potluck Shabbat Dinner in our Social Hall. Prospective Members or visitors are welcome at our Potluck Dinner as our guest; just email Membership@templeshalom.net to let us know you are coming!
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.