Shabbat at Temple Israel


Friday Evening Shabbat Services

Join Rabbi Morrison in a variety of traditional and innovative worship experiences, with music led by Cantorial Soloist Karen Pincus and occasional guests. The Temple periodically hosts congregational Shabbat dinners before services. Following services, join the Temple family for our Oneg Shabbat with desserts and schmoozing.
Feel inspired as you rejoice in Shabbat and connect with our welcoming community in the world renowned Bertha Abess Sanctuary. Our Shabbat service is a gentle mix of traditional and spontaneous song and prayer.

iOneg 8:45 p.m.

Our joyful, spirited iOnegs vary by week and are diverse in their offerings: Salsa dancing, visiting rabbis, and genealogy presentations are among the iOnegs we have offered recently.


Saturday Morning Shabbat services

Shabbat morning at Temple Israel is similar to an “immersive theater” experience in which the audience participates in the unfolding of a story or play. In this case, we follow a basic script (the siddur) which guides us through a three-act play, a sacred drama that begins with creation, leads to revelation, and ends in redemption. Once you experience its immersive quality, you won’t want to miss a performance as there’s a different cast each week and the plot varies depending on the Torah portion. Come and experience Shabbat at Temple Israel.

Saturday morning, from 10:00-11:15 a.m., Join Rabbi Morrison for a meaningful worship experience that flows from morning blessings, to psalms of praise, to the Sh’ma and its meditations. From there, we rise higher still as we come together to stand in the presence of the Divine, a place from which we are more receptive and ready for the reading and study of Torah. Participants can choose to come at any time, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., for prayer and study sessions.

At the conclusion of the Shabbat service, join us for Kiddush at 11:15 a.m.

Torah Study Around Joseph’s Table 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join TI members and friends on Shabbat morning for a soulful and thought-provoking discussion around Joseph’s Table. Using the weekly Torah portion as an entry point into the wellspring of Jewish wisdom, the discussion revolves around texts and teachings from our tradition’s spiritual masters, including contemporary insights from our life experiences. Our friend and mentor Joseph Grosbard is no longer with us, but his presence remains around the table.