Today is August 15, 2018 -
At Temple Beth Torah we strive to find a balance between modern life and religious life in a way that is meaningful to our community, but still faithful to the traditions of Judaism and the Conservative movement.
We offer many service options to meet the needs of our community, including traditional Friday and Saturday Shabbat services, monthly Junior Congregation and Shir Shabbat Friday night services, and our very unique Not-Your-Average-Shabbat Friday night service.
We have a robust B’nai Mitzvah program and we are proud that so many of our young adults continue to participate in our services and programs after their Bar and Bat Mitzvot.
Our traditional Shabbat services are energetic and filled with singing; Friday night services are fast-paced (one hour) and are followed by a friendly Oneg Shabbat.
Children aren’t just welcome – they’re an integral part of our services (no matter how young!). Children make the blessing over the Challah at the end of each Friday night service, and many services are co-led by religious school students.
Don’t worry if you can’t read Hebrew – it’s easy to follow along using we offer an English transliteration of the entire service. You may also hone your Hebrew reading skills in one of our adult education classes.
Kabbalat Shabbat services are held every Friday night at 7:30 pm. Our Shabbat morning services are held at 10:00am. The Kabbalat Shabbat services are typically 45 minutes in length and Shabbat morning services are 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours in length.
We also have one weekday morning Minyan service, Sunday mornings at 8:30 when religious school is in session. Morning Minyan services are typically a half hour and it provides our fellow congregants the opportunity to say Kaddish for a loved one.
Our B’yachad service is for families in our religious school. B’yachad services are held on designated Shabbat mornings at 11:00am and are led by our Rabbi. The one hour service provides students with an opportunity to participate learn and lead services. At the conclusion of the service families join together with congregants from the 10:00am Shabbat morning service for the kiddish that follows.
The Jewish Holiday Year
Our beautiful High Holiday services encourage full participation, as dozens of members enjoy the opportunity to read from the Torah, carry the Torah, read English selections and participate in our Shofar “choir.” Separate, age-appropriate children’s services are run during both days of Rosh Hashanah and for Yom Kippur. (For the tiniest tots, day care is available.) High Holiday tickets are free to members.
Just a few days later is Sukkot, with a communal Sukkah-building and services in the Sukkah. Simchat Torah finds the Temple alive with the sounds of dancing and music. A special children-only Chanukah bazaar lets even the youngest purchase gifts for parents and siblings. Purim is celebrated by a costume ball as well as a raucous, all-ages-invited costume service. Children enjoy a lively model Seder during Passover, and many congregants spend the second Seder with their peers at the Temple. The season concludes with Shavuot and our religious school graduation.