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, 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:
(SUMMER ONLY) 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 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 and the Rabbi, 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. BEGINNING FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2021: Temple Etz Chaim will offer Shabbat Dinners-to-Go. Please click here for more information.
Congregational Service In-Person and Online starts at 9:30 am every Saturday morning. Conducted by Rabbi Averbach, our Shabbat morning services will carry you into a peaceful week.