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Shabbat Services

Erev Shabbat Services
We welcome Shabbat with services on Friday evenings.

We often have themed services to make Shabbat even more special. We’ve had: Rock Shabbat, Cookie Shabbat, Ice Cream Oneg Shabbat, Chocolate Shabbat, Jerusalem Shabbat, Chametz Shabbat, Pizza Shabbat, Exodus Shabbat, Pajama Shabbat, BBQ Shabbat, and a Chicken Dinner Shabbat. We’ve also had special honor and celebratory Shabbats for our Sisterhood, Adult B’nai Mitzvah, and Religious School graduates. We encourage the input of our congregants and community members to enhance the Shabbat experience. If you have an idea, send us your suggestion, and better, come help us plan that special service.

We sometimes pair services with a special dinner meal and welcome Shabbat together as a family sharing the Sabbath meal. Your home at Temple Avodah is an extension of your own family’s home. As a family, sharing the Shabbat service and meal bring us closer together and brings in Shabbat in a warm and inviting way.

Shabbat services held on Saturday mornings vary and are often to honor a Bar or Bat Mitzvah student on their special day, or for another special occasion.

Details about services, including service start time, can always be found on the Temple Calendar.

Special Shabbat Services

Themed Shabbat Services
Combining a service with a creative Oneg, come experience one of our “themed” Shabbats and you will return time and time again. Cowboys in a Temple? Yup, we’ve done that. Want to virtually visit the Western Wall? We’ve done that as well. We have tackled the Superbowl and sung the music of Broadway. Services are casual and are followed with a creative Oneg such as Mediterranean food, chocolate, ice cream, soft pretzels, or crackerjacks–for our baseball Shabbat of course!

Early Shabbat
The first Friday Service of every month is our Early Family Friendly Shabbat. Starting at 6:00 PM join us for a family friendly Shabbat service. Enjoy friends, family, make new friends, relax, unwind, get ready for a new Shabbat service. 

Rock Shabbat                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              One of our most popular Erev Shabbat services is what we lovingly call The Rock My Soul Shabbat — our Rock Shabbat Service. It is the bringing of music to celebrate in our souls the prayers and joy as we, friends, family and the Temple Avodah family, welcome Shabbat together. This very moving service features the voices of our Junior Choir, the talents of our Temple Band, Schleppenwolf, with musical instruments and singing. Dancing in the aisles is encouraged. You will leave feeling inspired. It’s only at Temple Avodah.

Ruach Service
Our Ruach Service, as the Hebrew word implies, it is a more “spiritual, flexible, informal” way to welcome Shabbat. The service is not in the sanctuary, but we sit in a semi-circle, we sing, we pray, we try to find a new way to relate to God. Come dressed in jeans or with a tie… it does not matter. Be at Temple Avodah and elevate your ruach, your spirit.

Parallel Service
A Parallel Service is held when there is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah on a Friday night. The service is lead by congregants, allowing the congregation to continue with our regular Kabbalat Shabbat, our welcoming of Shabbat Service, while simultaneously the Bar/Bat Mitzvah family is given complete and full attention. Of course, congregants are always welcomed at all our services and can choose between attending the Parallel Service or the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Service.

Birthday, Anniversary and Adult Choir Service
Our Birthday, Anniversary, and Adult Choir Service is held once a month, usually on the third Friday of every month. Our adult choir leads our prayers with their beautiful voices. Led by our Cantor, they enhance our Service and help us elevate our soul. At this Service, we also offer a blessing to couples that are celebrating their anniversaries and to persons celebrating their birthday in that particular month. Celebrating persons are called to the Bima for the blessing. 

Fri, December 1 2023 18 Kislev 5784