At Temple Israel, our worship is enhanced by the teachings of our rabbis, the music of our soloist, and the participation of our congregants. Throughout the month our services vary in style and format, reflecting our multi-faceted congregation.
- Children are always welcome at Temple Israel services. If you prefer, childcare is also available every Friday evening (except during the summer) at no charge.
- From Labor Day to Memorial Day, Friday evening services begin at 6:00 or 6:30 p.m., depending on the week. On the first Friday of the month, worship begins at 6:00 p.m.. Services begin at 6:30 p.m. in other weeks.
- From Memorial Day to Labor Day (during the summer), all evening services begin at 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday morning services begin at 10:30 a.m. year round, and Torah study meets for an hour before services starting at 9:30 a.m.
Check Temple’s calendar to confirm service times and other information.
This informal service on the first Friday of every month begins at 6 p.m. and includes songs and a story — a highlight of the evening! A congregational potluck dinner follows the end of services, at a little after 7:00 p.m. Congregants and friends share their Shabbat dinner with family, friends and newcomers. Temple provides challah, wine and fried chicken. Attendees bring side dishes and dessert. Dinner cost is $5/adult, $3/child age 4-12; free for children under age 4. RSVPs are required by the Tuesday prior to Share Shabbat. Register for the next Share Shabbat.
On the other Fridays of the month, Rabbis Bodney-Halasz and Sobo and soloist, Courtney Cummings, lead a more traditional Shabbat worship service at 6:30pm in the sanctuary or in the chapel. This service includes both Hebrew and English prayers, incorporating classic and contemporary melodies as well as traditional Jewish nusach. It is also our custom to read the Torah on Friday evenings.
On Saturday mornings, Rabbi Bodney-Halasz or Rabbi Sobo leads Torah study at 9:30 a.m. and worship services at 10:30 a.m. If we’re celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, the service is held in the sanctuary. If not, the service is very informal and held in our chapel.