Shabbat Shalom

Most Friday evenings, Shabbat services will begin at 7:00 p.m and are led by our religious leader, Rabbi Simone Schicker.  Most Saturday mornings services begin at 10:00AM and are followed by study – of the weekly portion, about Rosh Chosesh (the New Month) or another part of the Tanakh (Bible). Alternatives to the schedule are published on our calendar and through our weekly email update.

Young Family Services are on the second Friday of the month, starting with dinner (registration required) at 5:30PM followed by a fun, engaging, musical service with a story led by Rabbi Schicker and Naomi Morse. starting at 6:00PM. [starting January 2020]

Our Shabbat services are always open to visitors; we invite you to come and experience Temple B’nai Israel! If you come to join us, please introduce yourself.

If you would like to bring a group to services, or to visit to Temple, please reach out beforehand to Rabbi Schicker at



At Temple B’nai Israel, our services are filled with music, prayer and thoughtful sermons.

We blend traditional Jewish ritual with innovative and creative programming to appeal to all ages.

Click HERE to see this week’s Torah Portion.

Many Jewish families observe Shabbat at home, often by having a nice Friday night family meal together, lighting Shabbat candles, eating challah (a braided sweet bread), and spending quality time together.  

Here are the blessings over candles, wine, and challah:

shabbat 2 candle

The blessing over Shabbat candles 


Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam Asher Kid-shany B’mitzvoh-tav, vitzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat

(Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe, who hallows us with your Mitzvot and commands us to kindle the lights of Shabbat)

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam, b’rei p’ree ha-gafen

(Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine)

 The blessing over wine (or grape juice) 


 The blessing over challah

Challah prayer

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam, hamotzi lechem meen ha-aretz. 

(Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe who brings forth bread from the Earth)