On the first, third, and fourth Fridays of each month, Shabbat services will begin at 7:00 p.m. All services are led by our religious leader, Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh.
During the summer months (June through September), services are followed by a shared meal at a local restaurant.
Our Shabbat services are always open to visitors; we invite you to come and experience Temple B’nai Israel!
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.
Many Jewish families observe Shabbat at home, often by having a nice Friday night family meal together, lighting Shabbat candles, eating challah, and spending quality time together.
Here are the blessings over candles, wine, and challah:
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
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)