Temple Beth El provides our congregants with support, encouragement, and spiritual guidance and connection during all phases of our lives. We bond as a community and family, and welcome all to visit. You will be warmly received by our members.
Our services are open to everyone and provide a great way to experience a genuine and caring congregation. All are able to participate in our services and if you are willing, we would be happy to offer you an aliyah (honor) or English reading. We encourage participation, but also respect those who care to observe.
Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday night) services are geared to meet the spiritual and cultural needs of our entire community. We offer the following services:
A musical Carlebach-inspired, spiritual Shabbat service is held once a month led by the Temple's Ruach Project Ensemble. The songs and melodies used provide an opportunity for people to forget about the hustle and bustle of the busy week and prepare to welcome in the Shabbat.
Several times during the school year, we hold a Shabbat Family Service which begins at 6:30 pm. Our Hebrew school students lead us in welcoming the Shabbat and reciting the prayers in both English and Hebrew.
Last Friday of Each Month Services will be held at Bellhaven Nursing Home. Date subject to change, please check Temple Calendar.
Shabbat morning (Saturday) services begin at 9:00 am. This services consists of morning prayers, Dvar Torah (discussion of the Torah reading,) and concluding worship ending with a delicious Kiddush (lunch.)
During the school year, the Hebrew School Junior Congregation meets on special Shabbats at 10:30 am. During this time, the children hold their service in our small sanctuary while their parents attend the main sanctuary service. The students learn about the weekly Torah portion, practice some prayers, and play a game that helps them understand the meaning of Shabbat.
Yahrzeit (anniversary of loved one's passing) minyan services are available upon request.
Yizkor (memorial service) is held four times per year. This service is to commemorate and remember our loved ones who have passed on.
The High Holy Days* and holiday services are an integral and important part of worship at Temple Beth El. At this time, we unite and pray as a community and rejoice in our oneness.
*Tickets are part of membership.
However, for the High Holy Days there is a fee for non members.