Shabbat, the High Holy Days, and festivals are joyous occasions at Temple Habonim.
We celebrate each in its own unique way. Our services are often participatory, allowing all who attend to join in the spirit of worship. Song, which is integral to services at Temple Habonim, enhances the experience while opening the heart and filling the soul. Rabbi Andrew Klein leads our community in worship and may be accompanied by our Education Director/Songleader, David Perolman or other song leaders during the year.
Shabbat services are offered Friday evenings and Saturday mornings as scheduled. Our Friday services are usually held at 7:30 p.m., except during the summer when services begin at 6:15 p.m. During the school year, once per month we offer family-friendly options for Shabbat worship at an earlier time. Additional information on Shabbat services may be found below.
High Holy Day Services at Temple Habonim do not require a ticket purchase as they are open to all. You may find out more by clicking High Holy Days.
Festivals are celebrated during the year with special services. Check out Holidays and Festivals for more information.
When most people think of holidays, they think of annual celebrations, but in Judaism there is one holiday that occurs every week - the Sabbath. Known in Hebrew as Shabbat and in Yiddish as Shabbos, this holiday is central to Jewish life. As the great Jewish writer, Adad Ha-Am has observed: "More than the Jewish people has kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jewish people." The Sabbath truly has been a unifying force for Jews the world over.
Shabbat Service - Friday at 7:30 pm (6:15 pm summers, Wine and Dine)
An intergenerational worship service which allows congregants to leave their work week and school week behind them while joining with others in song and prayer. From time to time special guest speakers may present at Shabbat service. Services are followed by an oneg for all. Many congregants choose to sponsor an oneg as a special way to remember a loved one or to honor someone special. You can volunteer to sponsor an oneg by contacting the Temple office. During summer months and during a Wine and Dine, we celebrate with a Kabbalat service which begins at 6:15 p.m.
Tot Shabbat Service - First Friday each month, during school year, at 5:30 pm
Families with young children (pre-school through age 6) participate in the Tot Shabbat Service that offers singing, prayers, stories and fun. Children are introduced, in an informal manner, to Shabbat, Jewish holidays and the Hebrew language. This service is generally followed by an optional dinner where tot and older families come together to share a meal.
Family Shabbat Service - First Friday each month, during school year, at 6:30 pm
Families with school-age children take part in our Family Shabbat Service. It offers an opportunity for our religious school students to participate more fully in the service. A family-friendly oneg follows each service.
Shabbat Morning Services - Saturday at 10:30 am (per schedule)
Saturday morning services are held several times each month. Our students celebrate their B’nai Mitzvah at morning services. Some Saturday mornings we will participate in a Torah Study format when there are fewer members present allowing for a greater depth of study not feasible when larger numbers are present in our sanctuary.