God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. [Gen. 2:2].
Shabbat, a day of peace, a day of prayer, a day of greeting. Come join us on Friday evenings, as we welcome the Sabbath Bride, or on Saturday mornings, for study and prayer. Temple Etz Chaim offers a variety of Shabbat experiences. Led by Rabbi Averbach and Hazzan Pablo, our services are infused with music, spirituality and will bring joy to heart, mind and soul.
You may listen to and learn melodies for many of the Erev Shabbat prayers at our at our Education section of this website (Music at Temple Etz Chaim).
Congregational Service In-person and Online. Every Friday evening you can welcome Shabbat with your Etz Chaim family. Shabbat evening services are always a great way to mark the transition from a busy work week. After services, we sanctify the day with individually-wrapped challah.
In addition to our traditional Friday evening Shabbat services, we offer several alternative services throughout the month. Please check our TEC calendar (add link) for dates:
Shabbat Under the Stars starts at 6:00 pm. During recent months, we have moved our Erev Shabbat services outside, where spirits can soar. Join the Rabbi and Hazzan for a wonderful Shabbat experience in our modified Sukkah.
Religious School Family Services enhance the Shabbat experience for families with children in grades K, 1 and 2. These family services, led by our Religious School staff, the Rabbi and Hazzan, emphasize family participation. Please check your Religious School calendar for the dates of these services.
Shabbat Dinners are a wonderful way to start your Shabbat. Bring your family for Kiddush, Motzi and dinner. Enjoy a delicious Shabbat meal and stay for services later in the evening. Shabbat dinners are offered on many Friday evenings. Some Shabbat dinners are associated with special school events. Check our calendar for dates when Shabbat dinners are provided. While these are currently on hold, we look forward to one day celebrating Shabbat meals together again!
Congregational Service In-Person and Online starts at 9:30 am every Saturday morning. Conducted by Rabbi Averbach and Hazzan Pablo, our Shabbat morning services will carry you into a peaceful week. Hazzan Pablo will leave you with a song of prayer in your heart, and Rabbi Averbach will touch your soul with his sensitive insight into scripture and prayer.
Jewish Arts and Movement (JAM) is an educational event aimed at children in Preschool through Second Grade. JAM is led by Hazzan Pablo. Each time, we dance, sing, and learn together. We also have a different art project each time, which has included making our own snow globes, making edible jewelry with dried fruit, and decorating a giant Israeli flag. Check the calendar for the date of the next event.