Shabbat

Shabbat Services

We welcome Shabbat every Friday evening with two different services:

An informal, intimate “Come As You Are” service at 6:00 PM.

A more formal 8:00 PM Friday night service with an Oneg Shabbat.

Approximately once a month during the fall, winter, and spring, we have a lively musical Shabbat with our own Neshama Band.  They are sometimes held outdoors.

Several times during the school year we have Family Friendly Friday geared to school-age children and their parents and grandparents, open to all, followed by a family Shabbat dinner.

Shabbat Morning: Our Saturday morning service is the highlight of our prayer week. Children are welcome in the main service, but there are TOT Shabbat and primary grade services at 10:45 AM.

Saturday morning service begins at 9:15 a.m.

The Torah Service usually begins at approximately 10:15 a.m.  We use the triennial system to read part of the weekly parsha and complete the annual cycle.

Mishaberachs (prayers for the sick) are publicly announced for those who are ill.

Children under Bar/Bat Mitzvah age are invited onto the bimah at the close of services, approximately 11:50 a.m., for Adon Olam.

Approximately once a month there is an additional 9:15 AM “Minyan in the Round” service, a traditional lay-led service that reads the entire weekly torah portion.

 

Shabbat Torah Aliyot: We are happy to celebrate special occasions – birthdays, anniversaries, trips to Israel, etc. – with an aliyah to the Torah! Please contact Ritual Director Sholom Zachmy, (215) 887-3412, szachmy@bethsholomcongregation.org to arrange this.

For services especially geared to children and families, see our section on Youth and Family Services.

Havdalah: There is an intimate service in the Price Chapel where we say goodbye to Shabbat on Saturday evening at sunset with Minha (afternoon service), Seudah Shlishit (third meal of Shabbat), a short Torah study session, Ma’ariv (evening service), and Havdalah (separating Shabbat from the weekdays).