As we strive to become the kind of place where every Jew can find something to refresh their soul on Shabbat, we have created new opportunities to connect with God, Torah and yourself. During the first two hours of Shabbat, we have a combination of either a study opportunity or a different parallel service. Every Shabbat will open with an opportunity to hang out and say “Shabbat Shalom” to friends and family over cold brew coffee or hot tea, made available from 9:15 am and throughout the morning. Then it’s your choice.
- a) Join us for our Shabbat Service held in the Sanctuary OR
- b) Come study with us during our Torah Conversations held from 9:30 to 10:15 am. See descriptions below.
We will all join together for the sermon at 11:15 am, followed by an exciting Musaf service.
By Kiddush luncheon, we hope you are hungry for food and good conversation, as sharing time together is an essential piece of Shabbat, ‘the day for delight.’
Torah Conversations: Every Shabbat 9:30-10:15 am
“Torah Conversations” is a new initiative formed here at Beth-El to encourage small group, interactive study of various Jewish topics each Shabbat. It began on Aug. 17. Each class addresses a topic in a five to ten week curriculum and encourages study, through an interactive exchange of ideas. Expect to see this list expand and change over the year. If the current class doesn’t match your interests, don’t worry. There will be other opportunities. Participants are asked to sign up so the facilitator knows how many to expect.
Our 10-week series called “Praying WITH: Finding a Personal Connection to Jewish Prayers” is held on Shabbat mornings and began on Aug. 17. It occurs 9:30 am-10:15 am and is facilitated by our Rebbitzen Bethany Slater. Using study materials from Project Zug, this course invites participants to look anew at the prayer book and to investigate the Shabbat and weekday prayers with an eye toward personal meaning. As we get ready to spend the High Holidays standing opposite our prayer book, this class is a great opportunity to learn skills for unlocking these prayers. Participants are asked to register for the class and to come as consistently as possible. Sign up here.
“The Balancing Act: Being a Jewish Parent” is another Torah Conversation that will happen once a month over the course of the year and will be facilitated by Dalia Abrams. From 9:30-10:15 am, we will reflect together about parenting, its joys and challenges, and learn skills rooted in Jewish values to grow our parenting tool box and build a nurturing family environment. You can expect a warm, safe and genuine atmosphere. Children are welcome to come with their parents. Child care available if you prefer.