Temple Shalom Emeth’s worship services enable us to reconnect with our family, friends and faith as we worship together. Our services bring our members together to worship God, and to learn from the texts of our traditions. Services enable members of Temple Shalom Emeth to come together in affirmation, renewal and celebration. Services are a traditional and contemporary blend of Hebrew and English, in word and song.
As our congregation is diverse and multigenerational, so are our worship opportunities. Congregants are encouraged to participate in responsive reading, song and prayer. Music plays an important role in our worship services. In addition to the cantor, Temple Shalom Emeth has monthly music filled services, led by our Temple Band.
Regular Shabbat services are held Friday evenings at 7:30pm. Our music Shabbat services start at 6:30pm. These joyous services usher in Shabbat with characteristic warmth. The Oneg Shabbat that follows each service allows our members to socialize and renew friendships. Check the Temple Services schedule on the home page for the service schedule.
Several times during the year our Shabbat Services are preceded by a community wide Shabbat dinner.
Temple Shalom Emeth strives to provide our community with a variety of ways to worship. For example, in addition to our music services, early services are held several times during the year, at 6:00pm on Shabbat, with a follow-on community dinner. And, as part of their education, each religious school class leads a Shabbat service.
The High Holy Days, specifically Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, are marked by a ten-day period of time during which we engage in prayer, introspection, repentance and fasting. Rosh Hashanah marks the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement. Services are held on both the days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur.
Our festival events range from the traditional services to more modern and interactive events. There’s something for everyone at Temple Shalom Emeth, from our Sukkah Decorating Party to the Tu B’Shevat Seder, and celebrating Simchat Torah with the band. Purim keeps us smiling with our annual dress-up theme service (ever done Purim with the Adams Family or Blue’s Clues?). Our annual Hanukkah party and Purim carnival are always big hits with our families. On a community level, we participate in an interfaith Thanksgiving Service and host a Community Passover Seder.
The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eight day of their new lives. This powerful ceremony celebrates new life, and also brings our sons into Judaism’s sacred covenant. Rabbi Abramson can put you in touch with a Mohel (ritual circumciser),help the parents understand the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the Mohel.
We celebrate the great blessing of a newborn daughter with a ceremony that brings her into the covenant, and confers upon her a Hebrew name. Rabbi Abramson can help you think through and design this ceremony, which can take place either at home, or at the synagogue, on a Shabbat, or any day the Torah is read.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are moving from childhood to adulthood, from learning to be responsible to being responsible. As son or daughter of the commandments, you commit yourself to be proud membership in our ancient people.
Rabbi Abramson can help you prepare for this wonderful, joyous occasion, by teaching bride and groom the meaning of the ceremony, from Ketubah (marriage document), to Kiddushin (Engagement) to Huppah (Marriage Canopy) to Nissuin (marriage ceremony) to breaking the glass. We also counsel you, offering Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship. We also work with you in designing the ceremony, providing our knowledge and experience.
Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals – Kriah (tearing of a garment), Levayah (funeral procession), Hesped (eulogy), Kevurah (burial) and Shivah (seven days of mourning). Rabbi Abramson will instruct you on these and other rituals. We can also perform the funeral ceremony, and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.