What are Special Shabbat Services?
According to halakha (Jewish religious law), Shabbat is observed from a few minutes before sunset on Friday evening until the appearance of three stars in the sky on Saturday night. Shabbat is ushered in by lighting candles and reciting a blessing.
At Temple Menorah, our congregation participates in a variety of Special Shabbat Services that extend the spirituality and community-aspect of traditional Shabbat services.
[ Dates and Times for all Special Services are listed on our Events page ]
Family Tot Shabbat
Our Family Tot Shabbat service is perfect for families with children ages 0 – 5 years. Generally scheduled for the first Friday night every month, the Family Tot Shabbat program begins at 5:30pm with a craft related to a Jewish holiday or theme. At 5:45pm, a delicious, kid-friendly, kosher dinner is served (reservations are required). Services begin at 6:30pm with children from our Tuvia preschool participating ( a different age group is scheduled to participate every month). When the service is over, the community gathers for Hamotzi and Kiddush, followed by a dessert oneg, story time and Israeli dancing.
The Family Tot Shabbat is ideal for families to meet other families of preschool-aged children. Family members enjoy visiting with friends and teachers while children and adults are actively involved dancing and eating.
Shir Shabbat is a service filled with spirit and energy. This dynamic and participatory service will bring the beautiful Shabbat melodies to life in a welcoming environment where we can practice our Judaism while praying together as a community. All Religious School Students and Families will participate.
Shabbat Shalva: A Serenity Service
This is a meditative service directed for all members of the community who seek a healing, relaxing, and soothing service which incorporates melodic interpretations of the liturgy, the dim lighting of the sanctuary, and a community Shabbat candle lighting. It seeks to uplift the soul after the commotion of the work week, clear the mind, create contemplation, and form a personal spiritual connection with God.