Shabbat & Holiday Services

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 and faithful to the traditions of Conservative Judaism.  Children are welcome – they are an integral part of our services (no matter how young!). Children help with the blessing over the Challah at the end of services, and religious school students are encouraged to assist in leading prayers.

Our written policy states: “Temple Beth Torah is an egalitarian congregation. Men and women shall be full participants in all religious services.”  As a fully egalitarian congregation, women are treated equally in our synagogue.

Our services are led by Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank and Cantor Linda Myer. Members of the Ritual Committee assist in leading the services.  Our Torah readers are members of the congregation and on occasion, we have guest Torah readers. Our traditional services are energetic and filled with singing. Don’t worry if you can’t read Hebrew – it’s easy to follow along;  we offer an English transliteration of the entire service. You may also hone your Hebrew reading skills in one of our adult education classes.

Shabbat evening services are held every Friday night at 7:30 pm. Our Shabbat morning services are held at 10:00 am from September to June. In the summer months Shabbat morning services begin at 9:30 am.

  • Shir Shabbat – Once a month we have Shir Shabbat, which includes a guitar and flute, bringing added ruach/spirit to the Friday evening service.
  • Early Childhood – The Tot Shabbat service is for families with young children to join together to share the traditions of Shabbat through prayers, stories and songs. Full of fun music and family connection, Tot Shabbat is targeted to children from birth to second grade.
  • Torah Study – Occasionally, Torah study on Shabbat morning is held during the regular service in lieu of chanting the Torah parsha.  Rabbi Steve leads congregants in gaining a further understanding of the weekly Torah portion.
  • Student Led – Class participation services are held through the year.  Our religious school classes lead prayers during the service.
  • School Family – Our B’yachad service is specifically for religious school families.   These one-hour services are held on designated Shabbat mornings and provide students more opportunity to participate, lead and learn prayers.
  • Community Led Shabbat – The Kabbalat Community Service is led monthly by one of our Temple congregants.  In addition to the standard Friday evening Shabbat service, we all participate in various discussions on Jewish topics.

We welcome you and encourage you to join us for our Shabbat and Holiday Services.