Temple Beth El offers weekly Shabbat services. Led from the Mishkan T'filah prayer book and featuring popular Jewish music, Temple Beth El services reflect contemporary Reform practice.

Services are usually held at 6:00 pm on the first Friday of the month and 7:00 pm the remaining weeks of the month. A complete list of service times and other Temple Beth El activities can be found here .

Babysitting is available at all services.


Friday Night Worship

 

Prayer and Potluck
The first Shabbat of each month features a family-friendly worship experience enjoyed by participants of all ages. Services begin at 6:00 pm and are followed by a covered dish dinner at 6:45 pm

Held in the Max L. Bear Social Hall, this service may include a story by Rabbi Fleekop and the participation of students from the Temple Beth El School for Jewish Living.

Sanctuary Services
Services begin at 7:00 pm on the 3rd, 4th, and occasionally 5th Shabbat of the month. Geared for adults, these services are held in Temple Beth El's beautiful and historic sanctuary. These services may include a sermon delivered by Rabbi Fleekop, a participatory presentation, or visit by an outside speaker. The congregation's volunteer choir typically joins us on the 3rd week of the month. On the last Friday of the month, the service includes a Torah reading and discussion of the weekly portion.

An oneg is held in the Max L. Bear Social Hall following services.

Shabbat in the Summer:
During the months of June, July, and August Shabbat services begin weekly in the Max L. Bear Social Hall at 6:00 pm. Casual and held in the round, many comment on the warm, communal feel of services during the summer.

These services may include a story, discussion, or sermon by Rabbi Fleekop. Following services the congregation joins together in friendly and welcoming potluck dinner.

 



Special Services

 

Azalea Trace
The first Friday of the month Rabbi Fleekop leads worship in the Azalea Trace Chapel. Led from the Union Prayerbook, this service is especially meaningful for those who grew up in the Classical Reform Tradition.

Shabbat Outdoors:
Throughout the year the congregation celebrates Shabbat in the beauty of nature. Examples of outdoor services include "Shabbat in the Sukkah," "Shabbat Under the Stars," and "Sha-Bark in the Park," a pet-friendly Shabbat experience.
 
Bar and Bat Mitzvah Services:
Bar and Bat Mitzvot are celebrated with a Shabbat morning service, beginning at 10:00 am in the sanctuary. In addition to helping to lead the congregation in worship, the Bar or Bat Mitzvah reads from the Torah, Haftarah (selection from the Prophets) and shares a teachign with the congregation.

 

The entire community is encouraged to attend these special services, which are customarily followed by a kiddish luncheon