The Shabbat Experience

The Shabbat Experience @ Beth Sholom

All Beth Sholom congregants, including families with children in grades k-12 participate in The Shabbat Experiences. Programs take place on Friday nights, Shabbat mornings, or Havdallah services. We have six programs planned over the course of the school year where students and their families will experience shabbat, be exposed to guest speakers, share Shabbat meals together and learn together.

What can you look forward to this year at our TSE program?

Good friends, Shabbat food, and great community. As in previous years, during our Shabbat morning program, we offer several davening options. We are committed to offering a traditional service, a shorter family inclusive service, and a preschool service.

The entire TSE committee looks forward to celebrating Shabbat with you this year. If you would like to join our committee, please contact Rabbi Merow (215-887-1342).


2014-2015  Shabbat Experience     A Guide to an Extraordinary Life-Who Do You Want to Become?    

 lifelong Learning about Mussar & Middot (Character Traits)

This year our Shabbat Experience is called “A Guide to an Extraordinary Ordinary Life”. Our year will introduce congregants to the spiritual practice of mussar (character development) and middot (character traits). Mussar is a lifelong personal journey of text study and soul searching in order to do tikkun middot (character development) to be one’s best self.

Week 1: Wisdom / Hochma

Intro:  The Hebrew term for wisdom is Hochma. Wisdom is the ability to discern what is true and right. This character trait invites us to gain knowledge and then requires us to be open to developing new understandings from that knowledge. Ethics of our Ancestors teaches: “Who is wise? One who learns from every person. As it says, from all those who have taught me I have gained understanding.” (4:1)

Phrase:  Who is wise? One who learns from every person.

Practice:  In addition to learning from teachers and mentors, try to learn something from every person that you encounter this week.

A guide to incorporating the middah (character trait) of the week into your life:
Every week this year the Rabbis will share a different character trait (middah) with the community. Each person has been endowed with these character traits in some measure. Yet, no matter our particular capacities, we each have room to grow. Our goal this year is to learn about each trait and to work to integrate this trait into our personalities in a deeper and more balanced way.

We will provide concrete steps for each of us to work on one character trait a week so that we can continually grow as human beings.  We plan to go in order of Making Mensches: A Periodic Table below. We begin with the blue wisdom column.

How this works:

A brief intro to the middah.
A phrase to begin each day. Set aside a few moments to contemplate this phrase.
A practice to work on each day throughout the week.

In order to concretize this practice, we suggest the following:

Say the phrase out loud each day.
As you work on the practice you may want to consider what obstacles in your personality make this trait particularly difficult for you.
Consider keeping a journal.
Participate in our closed Facebook discussion page.

Based on the work of Dr. Alan Morinis and Rabbi Avi Orlow


Periodic chart

Friday September 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Mussar & Middot with The Bible Players

The Bible Players are back by popular demand! Come hear their amazing stories and songs to inaugurate our study of Mussar & Middot together. Shabbat dinner & services round out this fabulous beginning to our year-long study of Mussar & Middot.

Also Join us:
Saturday October 25, 2014
Friday December 12, 2014
Saturday February 7, 2015
Saturday March 21, 2015
Friday May 8, 2015

Pick up your Shabbat Experience book at the Main Office or in the School Office:
Every Day, Holy Day by Dr. Alan Morinis
Every Day Holiness by Dr. Alan Morinis
Each family gets 1 book at no charge.
If you would like to participate in our private Facebook discussion group about the middah of the week, Facebook Andrea Merow or Alan Rothman or email or to join.

Despite the fact that we are no longer able to receive grant monies from the Legacy Heritage foundation, Beth Sholom will continue to heavily subsidize the cost of our Shabbat Experience. For this reason, we are asking our families to contribute to the cost of our two dinners for our Shabbat Experience this year. Lunches will continue to be free.     
The Shabbat Experience is generously sponsored by The Temple Sholom Legacy Fund