At Congregation B’nai Yisrael one of the most meaningful times for our families to come together is our Friday Night Shabbat Service. With the lighting of the candles, we leave our weekly preoccupations behind and experience an inner transition and relaxation as the mood of Shabbat sets in.
We have created a series of Friday night prayer books that were prepared by our Rabbis, Cantor, and the Religious Practices Committee and are compiled from the writings of rabbis, poets and philosophers set in the structure of our traditional service.
Shabbat service is a time for some to say Kaddish, the prayer recited in memory of a loved one on the anniversary of his or her death (yahrzeit). It is customary for a family to attend Shabbat services on the occasion of the anniversary of a death.
From September-June Shabbat Services on the 1st and the 3rd Friday are at 6:30 p.m. All other services are at 8:00 p.m. Summer Services are at 6:30 p.m. Shabbat service times can be found on our calendar.
Shabbat Host Families
We ask our families to help at our 8:00 p.m. services by greeting fellow members and guests as they enter our doors and by nurturing our community by providing the Oneg Shabbat challah, grape juice, fruit, and desserts with which we celebrate following the service. Contact the temple office to sign up to be a Shabbat host.