The Shabbat Experience

Shabbat is the center of Jewish learning at Beth El

Class Shabbatot

Each grade helps Rabbis Amy and Alex lead a service for the congregation.  The service (which is either on a Friday evening or Saturday morning depending on the student’s grade) reinforces the prayers the students are learning in class.

Shabbat Class Presentations

Many of the grades give special class presentations, which take place on a Saturday morning during the Main Service.  During the service, the class shares some of their learning with the congregation—through a d’var Torah, a skit, or an Israeli quiz show.

Of course, these events are combined with food and fun—we often combine these Shabbatot with special themed fun days, such as pick your favorite hot chocolate flavor, the Pepsi – Coke challenge, make your own ice cream sundaes, and—of course—spending time with friends and playing gaga are always a big hit!

This year, we are excited to add two new services to our Shabbat Program:

  • Friday night Religious School service, no-cost dinner, and gaga
  • Saturday morning Religious School service, no-cost lunch and gaga

These abbreviated services are geared specifically to our religious school students and feature a great deal of singing, learning and fun.  All families are welcome and encouraged to stay for a delicious meal and an opportunity to enjoy our wonderful Shabbat community.

Junior Congregation

Our students and all children are always welcome in our main service. In addition, a few times a month, we offer an abbreviated, fun, junior service from 10:30 am until 11:30am. This is often combined with special themed fun days, such as pick your favorite hot chocolate flavor, the Pepsi – Coke challenge, make your own ice cream sundaes and gaga!

Please see our school calendar for a full list of Junior Congregation dates.

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