Friday Evening Worship
Erev Shabbat Service is the cornerstone of worship at Temple Emanu-El. The service is a mix of traditional and new melodies and prayers, prayers for healing, and a sermon by one of our Rabbis. Many of the familiar "Shabbat prayers and melodies" are sung at this service.
Shabbat Hallelu Service (held the first Friday of the month) has garnered national acclaim for its spirited music, worship, and song. The service is led by our Cantor and lay musicians/prayer leaders and offers a mix of contemporary and traditional music. Attended by 300 people, it is not unusual for dancing to "break out" in the aisles during the service!
Zimrat Shabbat (held on the third Friday of the month) is a service with guitar and percussion which creates an easy listening and communal environment for prayer. It includes special readings, offering moments of self-reflection and personal prayer.
Shabbat Experiences for Children and Youth
As You Grow, Shabbat Grows With You!
Tiny Tot Shabbat (for children ages 2-6 and their families)
A monthly Shabbat morning experience for young children and their families. Join us for singing, dancing with the Torah, snacks, a special craft activity, and lots of fun!
Shabbat B'Yachad (for students in grades K-2 & their families)
Families are invited to join us for a pre-Oneg Shabbat reception, followed by a service filled with song, prayers, and stories. It’s an interactive Shabbat experience that is prayerful for both kids and adults.
Kehillah Tefillah (for students in grades 3-12. For kids only.)
A themed Shabbat experience for our youth. Join us for a Shabbat dinner, activities, and an interactive, creative service, with opportunities for our high school teens to lead the service.
Shabbat Morning Worship
Main Sanctuary Service begins at 10:30 AM and usually includes a b'nai mizvah celebration. Led by Rabbi and Cantor, the service is a traditional Shabbat morning worship. Torah and Haftarah are chanted and the Rabbi leads a study session on the weekly Torah portion.
Simchat Shabbat Service is held twice per month and begins at 9:00 AM. This service combines contemporary and traditional music and prayer.
Shabbat Minyan is our entirely lay-led Shabbat worship service, which is held at 9:45 AM each Shabbat morning. This service combines traditional worship with study and discussion of the weekly portion and issues in Judaism. Newcomers are warmly welcomed.