Shabbat is celebrated weekly at Congregation Beth Israel with services on Friday evenings and on three Saturday mornings each month. We have a weekly Torah study from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. each Saturday. To accommodate different needs and schedules, Friday services begin at 6:15 p.m. on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Fridays of the month and at 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Fridays.
The 1st Friday is a Family Service followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner and crafts project. A local song-leader from WWU Hillel is likely to help lead with Rabbi Samuels. The 2nd Friday has an oneg that follows. The 3rd Friday begins with a pre-nosh at 5:30 p.m. Musical soloist Kim Moskowitz has been leading this uplifting service with Rabbi Samuels. The 4th Friday has an oneg that follows. Vocal ensemble, Ma’ayan Shir (Fountain of Song) is likely to lend their beautiful voices to this service. The 5th Friday has an oneg that follows.
We hold Saturday morning services on the 2nd and 3rd Saturday of the month. They begin at 10:30 a.m., immediately following Torah Study. There is a delicious potluck luncheon following the service. If you would like to chant Torah or haftarah on a Saturday morning, please notify Rabbi Samuels.
If you are a guest, the Rabbi might extend you the honor of having an aliyah.
Tot Shabbat is held on the 4th Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m. During this entertaining 25 minute service, children, ages 1-6ish sit on the bima with the Rabbi and sing songs, move around, giggle and march around the synagogue with stuffed Torah scrolls. Most families stay for a potluck lunch immediately following the service.
The Shabbat schedule is included in the monthly newsletter, The Shul Shofar, and our online calendar. Email reminders of Shabbat schedules along with other events are sent each Wednesday to all members who elect to receive them.