"For as long as the Jewish people have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jewish people."
Shabbat, the seventh day of the week, is a time set aside from normal obligations to allow us to focus on family, friends and that which is sacred in our lives. Congregation Beth El welcomes the Shabbat every Friday night with a song-filled service celebrating the week's end and welcoming in a period of rest and rejuvenation. Our Kabbalat Shabbat services typically begin at 6 p.m. and, during our period of transition, are held at the Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Waterford.
On Saturday mornings we reconvene for a more meditative service of prayer and learning, followed by a (free) communal meal. The timing of our Shabbat morning services varies, with our regular services beginning at 9:30 a.m. (Torah service ~10:30) and monthly "short Shabbat" worship starting at 10 a.m. (and finishing by 11:30). Unless announced these services are held at Temple Emanu-El in Waterford.
For more information on our Shabbat worship options, including our bi-weekly Musical Kabbalat Shabbat services with Cantorial Intern Anna Chapman (JTSA), or our Saturday morning services, including our monthly Simcha Shabbat service (celebrating milestones in congregants lives), our Little League Shabbat program for children (monthly), and our monthly Short Shabbat services see the expanded descriptions on our website.