Category Archives: Shabbat

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Bo and our Shabbaton

Shavua tov — a good new week to you. Happy Martin Luther King Day! If you’d like to hear excerpts from the “I Have a Dream” speech set to haftarah trope by Rabbi David Evan Markus you can do so here.

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30amWe’ll be reading from the Torah portion known as Bo, and services will be led by Rabbi Rachel.

And join us after morning services for our daylong Shabbaton! Here’s our schedule for the day:

9:30: morning davenen

11-12: potluck Shabbat lunch (bring a vegetarian / dairy dish to share)

12-1: What we talk about when we talk about God

1-2:30: Sense of Wonder (David Arfa)

2:30-3:30: Jewish contemplative practice (Steven and Rose)

3:30-4:30 Eit ratzon (“a time of will”) and holy time – teaching, poetry, and song

4:45: Havdalah (sunset 4:43)

All are welcome to join us for some or all of our Shabbat of learning and togetherness.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

  • And here are commentaries from the Union for Reform Judaism:  Bo.

Wishing you blessings,

Rabbi Rachel

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Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Vaera

return-to-shabbatShavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30amWe’ll be reading from Va’era and services will be led by Rabbi Rachel.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

  • And here are commentaries from the Union for Reform Judaism:  Va-eira.

 

Wishing you blessings,

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Shemot

return-to-shabbatShavua tov — a good new week to you. And shanah tovah, a happy secular new year to all!

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30amWe’ll be reading from Shemot, and services will be led by Rabbi Pam Wax.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

  • And here are commentaries from the Union for Reform Judaism:  Sh’mot.

 

Wishing you blessings,

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov; looking forward to Shabbat Vayechi

return-to-shabbatShavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30amWe’ll be reading from Vayechi, and services will be led by Rabbi Pam Wax.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

  • And here are commentaries from the Union for Reform Judaism:  Vay’chi.

Wishing you blessings,

Rabbi Rachel

Save the date: a January 20 Shabbaton

Shabbaton

Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,

Save the date: we’re planning a special Shabbaton (an immersive Shabbat gathering of learning, joy, and togetherness) on January 20. This Shabbaton is taking place thanks to the students in my Journey Into Judaism class, and is open to the whole community.

The day will begin at 9:30am with Shabbat morning services. After services there will be a potluck Shabbat lunch at the synagogue (please RSVP by January 12 so we know how many places to set at the table!) — bring a vegetarian / dairy dish to share.

Following our leisurely Shabbat lunch we’ll gather for an afternoon of learning. (Stay tuned for more information on that.)

We’ll close with se’udah shlishit (the “third meal” of Shabbat — in this case, we will “dine” on song, poetry, and teachings about the very special qualities of the final hours of Shabbat) and havdalah (the ritual that ends Shabbat and ushers in the new week) at 4:45pm.

Please save the date and plan to join us! If you’re a Facebook user, feel free to RSVP via the event page: A Sweet January Shabbat.

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov; looking forward to Shabbat Vayigash

return-to-shabbatShavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30amWe’ll be reading from Vayigash, and services will be led by Rabbi Pam Wax.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

  • And here are commentaries from the Union for Reform Judaism:  Vayigash.

Wishing you blessings,

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Miketz and to Chanukah!

return-to-shabbatShavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us in bringing more light into the darkness! On Friday December 15 (Shabbat Chanukah), we’ll meet at 5:30pm.

Bring your own chanukiyah (menorah) – we’ll light them all together at 5:30, sing songs of Chanukah and Shabbat, and then celebrate Chanukah and Shabbat with a vegetarian / dairy potluck meal (bring a dish to share.) The synagogue will provide latkes made by Heather Levy and Tim Hermann, so let Heather and Tim know if you’d like to help!

RSVP at the Facebook event if you’re a FB user, or via e-mail to the synagogue if not, so we know how many chairs to set up.

If you need a refresher on the Chanukah blessings, you can find them at the URJ website here.

Also, join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30amWe’ll be reading from Miketz, and services will be led by me.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

  • And here are commentaries from the Union for Reform Judaism:  Mikeitz.

Wishing you blessings,

Rabbi Rachel