Shabbat

CBJ offers a variety of options for worship and connection each week on Shabbat.

Friday Night

Rockin’ Shabbat

First Friday of the Month, September to June (check calendar for occasional exceptions), musical service at 6:15 p.m., dinner, by reservation only, immediately following.

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This service, led by the Team Rockin’ Musicians under the leadership of Cantor Barbara Powell, is full of ruach (spirit). Congregants are encouraged to join in leading the prayers or to play instruments with the band. This is an evening for people of all ages. There is an excellent Shabbat meal served following the service.

Second Friday Speaker Series

Second Friday of the Month, October to June, services 7:30 p.m., speaker immediately follows

Check the CBJ calendar for specific dates and speakers.

Third Friday Family Shabbat

Third Friday of the Month, most months during the school year (check calendar for exceptions), dinner at 5:30 p.m., service at 6:15 p.m.

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Please join us for Family Shabbat. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a family-friendly service with Rabbi at 6:15. Your children will be entertained with art with Teacher Natalya and stories with Bill!

Fourth Friday Series

Fourth (and the occasional Fifth) Friday of the Month, during 7:30 p.m. services

You Are Not Alone.

The Fourth Friday Series includes an intimate Shabbat service featuring  stories and experiences from the lives of our own congregants as they share overcoming personal struggles and challenges. Check the calendar for specific dates and topics.

Saturday Morning

Saturday morning offers many options for learning, worship, music, childcare and fun!

Torah Study

Every Saturday, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., in the Beit Midrash

The capstone of lifelong learning at CBJ is this lively and sometimes intense weekly journey deep into the Torah landscape. Here, a growing group of Torah-explorers comes together every Saturday to travel the twists and turns verse by verse, guided by Rabbi Ezray and Bill Futornick. You’ll never look at Torah quite the same way again. Speaking is encouraged but not required!

Sanctuary Service

Every Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (approximately), in the Beit K’nesset

In the sanctuary, the service is traditional, egalitarian and stresses learning and lay participation. We use the Sim Shalom prayer book and our Torah reading follow a triennial cycle.

SiddurAudio.com is a good resource for learning to chant the prayers. We offer many adult education classes at CBJ to engage with the text and deepen your understanding of the service and prayers.

Jr. Congregation

Held during the school year, see calendar for exceptions, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., in the Beit T’fillah

Join kids of all ages for our Junior Congregation, led by our talented congregant Dan Leemon. This service features guitar-accompanied prayer and a very lively Torah discussion. Junior Congregation, which is part of our religious school curriculum, is where our students learn to be comfortable on the bimah while leading services, and creative and thoughtful in understanding prayers and Torah.

Jr. Congregation Attendance

Regular attendance at Junior Congregation is essential to the Beth Jacob Religious School children’s learning of the service, to building community, and to developing Jewish friendships. Grades 3 through 7 take turns in leading the service, but we encourage families with children in all grades to join us for Junior Congregation.

Sponsor Junior Congregation Kiddush

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring a simple kiddush for Junior Congregation. It’s easy, not expensive, and a mitzvah!

Click here to sign up to sponsor the Jr. Congregation kiddish.

Power Hour

Every Saturday, 11:30 – 12:30 p.m., in the Beit Tfillah

Join us for the Power Hour, a new concept in Saturday morning services! The Power Hour takes you through the essentials of the Shabbat morning service in one hour packed with song and prayer, learning and community. Co-led by CBJ clergy and a rotation of inspirational song leaders, the Power Hour is timed so that you can experience the service and then come together for Kiddush with those who attend the Sanctuary Service.

Tot Shabbat Childcare

Every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. thru the end of services, in the preschool wing

The Tot Shabbat program includes childcare, child-friendly activities and a Shabbat service geared for ages 2-5. There is no charge, and no prior registration required.

Shabbat Morning Family Service

Fourth Shabbat of the month, 10:30 – 11:10 a.m. most months during the school year (check calendar for exceptions)

If you enjoyed the family services at High Holy Days, you’re going to love this! Join Rabbi Ilana for this fun, participatory service for families with young children (ages 0-7 years). We look forward to seeing you!

Shabbat for Baby & Me

Second Saturday of each month, 12 noon. September through May.

Share the joys of Shabbat with your baby or toddler (birth to 30 months). Join other interested families at CBJ under the guidance of our wonderful educator, Shoshana Kaplan, on the second Saturday of each month at 12 noon. Songs, rituals, movement, stories, and a brief discussion for the adults will lead into Kiddush lunch with the congregation. Families will have the option to eat lunch together and continue their conversation. FREE to CBJ members and nonmembers, with no advance sign-up required.