Celebrating Shabbat at Congregation B'nai Israel
Shabbat is a very special time at Congregation B’nai Israel, and we are proud to offer a variety of opportunities to honor and celebrate the rich heritage we have been granted through prayer, study, and fellowship for all ages.
Pre-service Oneg – Join us at 5:30 pm each Friday (except the second of the month – see below), as we transition from the work week to the sacred day of reflection with some fellowship and food: fine wine, cheeses, fruits, dips, etc.
Erev (Evening) Shabbat Service - At 6:00 pm, our congregational service to welcome in the Sabbath begins. Our prayers are enhanced with music, reflection, and inspiration from Torah readings, sermons and stories.
Family Shabbat Service –Typically on the second Friday of the month, CBI holds a Shabbat experience geared towards families with elementary-age children. All ages are welcome for an abbreviated and lively service with a story, followed by dinner and an evening activity. There are no fees for the dinner; donations are welcomed. And, everyone is asked to bring a side-dish to share.
Challah/French Toast Shabbat – Parents with children aged six or younger are invited to come to our CBI Challah/French Toast Shabbat service, at 9:00 AM usually on the fourth Saturday each month at the home of a congregant. Through song and movement, our Rabbi will introduce our youngest congregants to the fun spirit of the Jewish Sabbath and to its enduring messages: peace, friendship, and love. Please check the calendar here.
Taste of Torah Text Study – Beginning at 10:00 am, we gather in an informal and highly participatory setting to investigate in the weekly Torah portion, exploring its lasting guidance for our modern lives. Questioning and debating are common, as is noshing (since bagels and lox are always served). No prior Torah knowledge is required to participate.