Services and Observances
At Congregation Beth Shalom, we observe all of the major Jewish holidays, as well as Shabbat. On average, we hold Friday night Shabbat services twice a month, followed by either an oneg or potluck dinner. Our worship is joyful and meaningful, seeking to create connections with one another and with holiness. We welcome Jews from all backgrounds, as well as those interested in Judaism. For services, we draw from a broad spectrum of Jewish tradition, identifying with the Reform movement and incorporating elements from the Conservative movement, with music ranging from traditional nusach to contemporary melodies. The prayers in our services are a mixture of Hebrew and English with transliteration always provided for Hebrew prayers. We are blessed to have talented musicians in our community whose presence and participation enhances our worship experience.
High Holiday season begins with a s’lichot service the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah. We celebrate two days of Rosh Hashanah services, Tashlich at a local lake, Shabbat Shuva, a pre-Yom Kippur ritual, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur services, including Yizkor and Neilah.
We celebrate Sukkot, building a sukkah, eating under the stars and carrying the lulav and etrog, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Tu B’Shvat, Purim, Passover at a second night community seder, Holocaust Memorial Day, Israel Independence Day, and Shavuot, celebrating the gift of Torah, sharing dairy foods and an evening of learning.
Our Rabbi and Cantorial Soloist lead high holiday services, accompanied by a small ensemble of local acoustic musicians. As always, all are welcome to attend high holiday services - no tickets are required. The 2019/5780 schedule is as follows:
Selichot - Saturday, September 21st at 7pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah - Sunday, September 29th at 6pm
Rosh Hashanah Morning - Monday, September 30th at 10am
Tashlich - Monday, September 30th at 4pm
Second Day Rosh Hashanah - Tuesday, October 1st at 4pm
Kol Nidre - Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm
Yom Kippur Morning - Wednesday, October 9th at 10am
Yom Kippur Family Service - Wednesday, October 9th at 4pm
Yizkor - Wednesday, October 9th at 4:45pm
Ne'ilah (Yom Kippur Concluding Service) - Wednesday, October 9th at 5:30pm (break-the-fast potluck to follow - no meat or shellfish, please)
We offer pastoral care and a full range of life cycle observances. The latter include brit milah (bris) (with physicians serving as mohel and Rabbi offering prayers) and baby namings, consecration (marking the beginning of Jewish education) for children beginning in kindergarten, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, weddings, special commemorations such as anniversaries, retirement, divorce, or birthdays, adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and end of life rituals, including vidui, tahara, funerals, unveilings, and memorial services. We offer those wishing to convert to Judaism opportunities to study towards becoming Jewish, and to those wishing to take on the status of ger toshav (non-Jews who are fully part of the community) a ceremony to acknowledge this status.
Rabbi Kula is available for pastoral guidance and life cycle events. Affiliates of our congregation who prefer to engage Ed Stafman, Rabbi Emeritus, due to their historical relationship with him, they may request such of Rabbi Kula or Sara Schwerin (Board President) with appropriate arrangements.