Shabbat Services

What is the Shabbat service?

Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath (Day of Rest), begins on Friday evening and concludes on Saturday evening. It is a weekly time (traditionally 25 hours) set apart to focus on what really matters: gratitude for our lives and our communities, and for the growth of the spirit. An important part of that is the opportunity to pray, sing, meditate, and learn together as a community in Shabbat services. Services take place on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, and sometimes Saturday afternoons and evenings, culminating in a Havdalah service which marks the end of Shabbat.

[ Dates and Times for all Shabbat services are listed on our Calendar page ]

Why is Shabbat so important?

God commanded the Jewish People to observe the Sabbath and keep it holy as the fourth of the Ten Commandments. The idea of a day of rest comes from the Bible story of the Creation: God rested from creating the universe on the seventh day of that first week, so Jews rest from work on the Sabbath.

What is a Shabbat dinner?

Shabbat traditionally includes three required meals: Friday night dinner, Saturday lunch, and the third meal in late afternoon. For non-Orthodox Jews, Friday night dinner is the most popular Shabbat meal. Typical Shabbat foods include challah (braided bread) and wine, which are both blessed before the meal begins.

How to dress for Shabbat services?

When going to a synagogue, you should dress as you would for church: nicely, formally, and modestly. A man should wear a yarmulke (skullcap) if Jewish men in the congregation do so; yarmulkes are available at the entrance for those who do not have one. In some synagogues, married women should also wear a head covering.

As temple menorah is a beach cities community, we do not require nor influence formality in dress code; dress how you feel most comfortable so your focus can be rest and prayor.


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