For thousands of years, Jews have been greeting the beginning of the Sabbath by coming together in the synagogue. Friday nights are filled with a sense of leaving the week behind–shedding the stresses of work and responsibilities and the frenetic schedule of running around. On Shabbat evening, we join each other as the soul is replenished, renewed and rejuvenated.
Because of our diverse membership and traditions, Temple Israel offers several kinds of services on Friday nights. All services, however, are open to everyone who wishes to come and pray: young and old, members and visitors, experienced worshippers and those who are experimenting. Come one, come all.
Throughout each month, we offer a range of dynamic, engaging and uplifting Shabbat evening services. These services blend the best elements of traditional Jewish worship with modern approaches to prayer. Each service includes inspiring music, Torah-centered learning opportunities and wonderful communal experiences.
Once each month, we have a family service. This service includes child-friendly, but adult appropriate music, led by our cantor as well as our youth choir, Kol Simcha (Voice of Joy). In lieu of a sermon, one of the clergy tells a fun, message-filled story in an informal manner. Prayers on these evenings are read from a special family service in our prayerbook.
Likewise, we also offer one Friday night a month called Community Shabbat – Communal Sabbath. This service begins at 6 pm and is jammed packed with inspiration and spirit. The service is filled with joyous, participatory music, a mini, informal learning session, and wonderful cross section of our entire community – all in under an hour. The community gathers for our Shabbat Dinner following the service, which brings together all the best elements of a family Shabbat dinner: great food, a full open bar, wonderful friends and family. You can join us for our next dinner by calling our office at (914) 235-1800.