About Our Services

CONTENTS 

Service Times:

Sanctuary Service  

Weekly -   9:30AM - 12:15PM    (approx)   
Teen Service   

 10:00AM - 12:00PM   See calendar for dates

Vav Havurah   

10:00AM - 12:00PM    See calendar for dates

Junior Congregation   10:30AM-12:00PM    -  Twice a month
 (1st & 3rd Saturday of the month)
Gan Shabbat

 10:30AM-12:00PM   -  Once a month
 (1st Saturday of the month)

 

About Our Services

 “More than Israel has kept the Shabbat, the Shabbat has kept Israel.” - Ahad HaAm 

Bet Torah’s services are traditional and egalitarian, using Conservative liturgy with matriarchal textual references. We use no musical instruments other than our voices, raised together in song. Participation is encouraged. Men are required to wear kippot during services, and women—especially married women—are encouraged to cover their heads as well. All are also invited to wear tallitot, when appropriate.

Junior Congregation meets twice a month. Each grade in our school has a special Shabbat. The 6th grade and high school students get regular chances to lead services. We are also developing plans for Youth Services specially designed for post-bar/bat-mitzvah-aged young people.

Children are always welcome and we encourage families to worship together. Children who grow up in a synagogue are more likely to consider it their second home.

About our Minyan Service

Bet Torah’s commitment to prayer is best expressed by our daily minyan. Services are held a minimum of once a day.

On Sunday, we have a morning service that begins at 9:00AM and usually ends at 9:45AM.

On Monday through Thursday, we have a zecher l’mincha (a remembrance of the afternoon service) followed by a full evening service beginning at 7:30PM and ending around 7:45PM.

On Friday and Saturday, our services follow our Shabbat schedule.

Please note that we move our daily minyan to shivah homes in our area, as needed. Contact our office to find out if services are being held away from Bet Torah and, if so, how to get there. When a congregant is sitting shivah over a Sunday, services will also be held Sunday evening at 6:30PM.

Attending minyan can be a meaningful experience.   Please help us make a Minyan when you can.

Saturday Morning Shabbat Services

Shabbat is a sacred space in time—a taste of the world to come. We value the opportunity to gather, to reflect, and to feel as if all our needs are met. Shabbat is the centerpiece of the Bet Torah experience, offering warmth, comfort and inspiration. We articulate our vision for this experience as follows: 

        “We come together as a community to celebrate the joy of Shabbat.

        Bet Torah welcomes individuals to participate in song, study and prayer."

Bet Torah prides itself on having a strong worship community that participates each Shabbat morning.  With a religious school of approximately 400 children, many Shabbat services include a bar/bat mitzvah, with guests attending along with the congregation. A vibrant Shabbat atmosphere is also assured by regularly scheduled Saturday morning services for children of all ages, such as our Gan Shabbat , Vav Havurah, and Junior Congregation.

Gan Shabbat, a program of Children’s Sabbath services for nursery school age students and their families, is held once a month, usually on the first Saturday morning beginning in October and running through June. This interactive introduction to Shabbat songs, stories and prayers is held from 10:30 to noon. A kid-friendly kiddush of refreshments follows each service. (Gan is the Hebrew word for Garden).