Friday Night Shabbat (Sabbath) Services

Our weekly Shabbat Services are held at different times during the month in order to accommodate busy schedules, and offer a variety of service styles. On occasion, we also hold special Shabbat Services based on a particular theme or holiday. Please consult our calendar to determine all upcoming worship opportunities.

6:00 pm - 1st Friday of the Month - Family Shabbat Service

All are welcome to attend this monthly Shabbat service which often features participation of religious school students and their families, birthday blessings (for anyone who has a birthday that month), uplifting music and an engaging story shared by the rabbi.

6:30 pm - 2nd Friday of the Month - T'filah Group

Do you want to learn Shabbat melodies before the service? Do you want to spontaneously harmonize and/or improvise on old and new melodies? Do you want to do this in a setting that is NOT a rehearsal, rather an intimate and unique music-making session? Don't be bashful. Bring your voices, and/or your skilled instruments, and your spirits. Or, just come to listen.

8:00 pm - 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Fridays of the Month - Shabbat Services

Our regular Shabbat services feature a Torah reading and translation as well as a sermon or interactive text study. Following each service the congregation will gather together to enjoy delicious desserts and refreshments in each other’s company.

6:00 pm - 3rd Friday of the Month - Sha-WHAT? Shabbat

We will worship in a somewhat experiential and experimental space. Who knows what might take place outside of some very basic, intentional prayers? There is only one way to find out. Also, another opportunity for those reciting Kaddish, Mi Shebeirach or Birkat Gomel. NOTE: Regular 8 pm services will also be held on the same evenings as Sha-What? Shabbat.

6:00 pm - 5th Friday of the Month - Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Kabbalat Shabbat means “receiving the Sabbath” and at this hour-long monthly service we joyously usher in Shabbat with psalms, prayers, songs, creativity, joy and innovation.

Saturday Morning Shabbat Services

Saturday morning services are typically held at 10:30 am in conjunction with a B'nai Mitzvah. Please check our calendar to determine which Saturdays there will be B’nai Mitzvah ceremonies.

Tot Shabbat Services are usually held at 9:00 am on the second Saturday of each month. They are fun, energetic, musical, age-appropriate services for families with newborn through preschool children. Following the half-hour service, there is a child-friendly snack and ample time and space for kids to play and parents to socialize.

Worship

Worship is very important to us at Beth Tikvah Congregation. We believe that - through prayer on the Sabbath, on Jewish Holidays, and as a part of our everyday lives - we can improve ourselves, our relationships with each other, and with God. Through prayer we give voice to the longings in our hearts. We find comfort, inspiration, meaning, guidance and hope through prayer, and we reconnect with our most sacred values and ideals.

Our prayer book, Mishkan T’filah, asserts that “each of us enters this sanctuary with a different need,” and at BTC we strive to create worship that is engaging, accessible and relevant. Attending or viewing online one of our services, you will immediately notice that our services include joyous, uplifting music, inspirational sermons, celebrations of life cycle events, time for reflection and meditation, as well as shared laughter. Following each worship service, the congregation typically gathers together to enjoy delicious desserts and refreshments each other’s company.

We are always delighted to have guests and long-time members worship with us and we want you to feel comfortable, included, and attuned to what is happening at any given moment. More information about attending our worship services for the first time can be found here.

Our prayer services include both Hebrew and English in the form of prayers, readings and songs, and most everything that appears in Hebrew is both translated and transliterated in the prayer book. While there is much to be said about our prayer services, the best way to find out more is to experience our worship. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming worship services. We most frequently gather together for prayer on Friday evenings when we usher in the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat); a 24-hour period of rest, reflection, renewal and reconnection to God.

Please refer to the list of our Shabbat Services offered, or view our congregational Calendar. Also, if you are unable to attend in-person, you can join us weekly in prayer online through our live streaming.