July 20, 2018 •
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Weekly Services

A synagogue has many roles, but its most fundamental is to be a house of worship.  Since at least the beginning of the twentieth century, the centerpiece of Temple B’nai Abraham worship is the Friday evening service, Erev Shabbat,  when we welcome Shabbat.  Over the decades, as times have changed, congregational leaders have varied that service to meet the tastes, needs and desires of an evolving world and an evolving community of congregants.  A study of synagogues in the last century and a half would be a study in diverse prayer books, music and worship styles, and that principle continues today.  All Friday Evening Shabbat Services all year begin at 6:30 PM


1.       All Friday night services will begin at 6:30 PM.  Earlier services are becoming ever more popular in American synagogue life and this has been reflected in participation at Temple B’nai Abraham as well.  For our members, 6:30 PM seems to strike a balance between being late enough to give younger children something to eat, and early enough so that adults and older children can have a relaxed Shabbat dinner after. (Blessing of birthday children occurs first Friday of every month, from September to June)


2.       The minhag of Friday night services will vary in a regular rotation.  As an extended family we enjoy a range of worship styles, especially those which lend to more congregational participation and singing. In general, we will follow the following schedule: First Friday Shabbat an instrumental trio will accompany our worship ( often with Pianist Ilya Maslov) in the Ross Sanctuary

Second Friday            Clergy led service in Gittlin Chapel, with keyboard accompaniment

Third Friday               Guitarist Toby Singer joins the clergy in a contemporary, reflective service.

Fourth Friday             Service with Choir and Organ, in the Ross Sanctuary

Fifth Friday                Clergy led service in Gittlin Chapel, with keyboard accompaniment.

The band and Toby Singer  have both proven popular and we are delighted they will continue to be a regular part of our worship.  Holiday and vacation times may, of course, lead to alterations in this schedule.  The website’s worship calendar will always have details about upcoming services.  As well, this rotation does not include July and August, when we will follow the schedule of outdoor services we have for many years. Services will continue to last approximately forty-five minutes, and will include remarks by a member of the clergy.  Services in the Ross Sanctuary with choir and organ will last slightly longer, and will include a more formal sermon. Another point we wish to make is that given the popularity of “dress down” Shabbats, we want to encourage you to dress for services in a way that you find comfortable.  This is not, of course, a call for jeans and T-shirts, but to achieve the warmth and welcoming feeling we all desire, by all means don’t feel you need to dress up.  Just show up! It is our fervent hope that as we continue to make the way we worship more acceptable and more inviting to all, you will feel that much more inspired to make our sacred time together a regular part of your week.  And if there are ways in which you think you and others might be moved even more, be sure to let us know!

Tot Shabbat Services 2018-2019
, at 5:45  PM
Throughout the year, preschoolers and their parents are encouraged to join us for a lively Tot Shabbat service. Led by our rabbi and cantor, we welcome Shabbat with singing, clapping, stories and celebration! Tot Shabbat is followed by a pizza dinner with either a craft project, or  Shabbat/holiday story or event. Prayers, Songs, Stories and Lots of Fun! All Services are on Fridays @ 5:45 PM and include a pizza dinner. 

October 12
November 16
December 7 (Hanukkah)

February 22
March 29
May 17


SUMMER SERVICES:All begin same times as services during the year.

  • Friday evening services: 6:30 PM (outdoors on the patio, weather permitting)smalloutside_services_2016_v2
  • Saturday morning Parashat HaShavuah: 9:00 AM
  • Saturday morning services: 10:00 AM

All services are led by members of the clergy. To ensure that our worship continues with vigor and spirit throughout this slower paced time of year, as well as to be certain those who come to say kaddish are able to do so in a warm, friendly setting, we ask each Temple member to make an effort to attend Saturday morning services at least once during the summer. A critical mass of worshipers makes a wonderful difference for all who are present. With thanks for your collaboration, and best wishes for a restful and relaxing summer.(photo courtesy of Merle Kalishman)

Shabbat Morning: 10:00 AM Sanctuary
Junior Congregation: from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Brody Youth Lounge
Summer  Morning Services: 10:00 AM  (begin the same time as regular Saturday morning Shabbat Services)

Jr. Congregation 2018-2019
Saturdays 9:30 –11:00 AM in the Brody Youth Lounge

October 6, November 17 & December 15, 2018     

January 12, February 9, March 9 & April 6, 2019

  • Sign in DOWNSTAIRS for Junior Congregation service attendance credit.
  • Sign in UPSTAIRS (next to ladies’ rest room) for credit when attending regular Shabbat services.
  • 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th grade students will be meeting in the Brody Youth Lounge
  • Junior Congregation meets once a month and is designed to help your children become comfortable leading the service here at TBA. We ask each family to do their best to have the children attend 8 services during the year.They can include:Junior Congregation, Holidays (sorry- Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur do not count toward services attended !), Sunday Morning Men’s Club Minyan, and Friday night or Saturday Shabbat services.Please make sure that your child signs in downstairs for Junior Congregation in the Brody Youth Lounge. If they are attending a non-Junior Congregation service, have your child sign the book located on the table outside of the ladies’ rest room.

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