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Shabbat

Friday Night Services

At Temple Chai, we celebrate Shabbat every Friday night in our sanctuary. Our Kabbalat Shabbat (lit. "Welcoming Shabbat") services are held at 6:30, with an Oneg preceding the service at 5:45. On the first Friday of every month from November through June, we offer a later Kabbalat Shabbat service with Torah reading, starting at 7:30 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m.

We also observe Shabbat on Saturday mornings with our weekly worship at 10:30 in the morning. The services are led by experienced and capable lay leaders, and include readings from both the Torah and Haftarah, as well as the Mi Shebeirach prayer for healing and Kaddish for those who are mourning a loved one. A short Kiddush follows the conclusion of the service.

Shabbat Morning Worship

A Taste of Torah
Every Shabbat Morning at 9:00 AM (with refreshments at 8:30 AM)

Explore the rich and fascinating tradition of our text through invigorating and exciting discussions of the weekly parsha (Torah portion) with an emphasis on its relevance to our everyday lives. Occasionally, we will explore other subjects as they relate to the calendar (such as upcoming holidays).  No prior knowledge of Hebrew or registration is required.  Participants are invited to stay for Shabbat Worship following the session.

Click here for our Torah Study message board.


Lay Led Shabbat Worship
Every Shabbat Morning at 10:30 AM

Shabbat Worship is held every Saturday morning, year round, beginning at 10:30 AM. These services are led by experienced and capable lay leaders, and include readings from both the Torah and Haftarah, as well as the Mi Shebeirach prayer for healing and Kaddish for those who are mourning a loved one.  A short Kiddush follows the conclusion of this intimate, participatory service.

Special Shabbatot

Shabbat Under The Stars

Temple Chai holds special Shabbat Under the Stars on various Friday evenings throughout the year.  This is a spiritied Shabbat celebration for everyone: members and non-members alike. Bring your own picnic dinner, friends and family to a service you won't forget. Rain or shine, the picnic is followed by Kabbalat Shabbat Worship "Under The Stars."


Tot Shabbat Experience

Temple Chai has a robust calendar for our families with young children. One of the favorite tot experiences offered is the Tot Shabbat program which meets on the first Shabbat (Friday Evening, Saturday Morning, or Saturday Evening) of the month. Click here for more information about our Tot Shabbat experiences and other tot programming at Temple Chai.

Types of Tot Shabbat Programs:

  • Friday Evening Shabbat:
    5:30p.m. Optional Dinner (June through September is a BYO Picnic / October through May optional pasta dinner for purchase)
    6:00-6:30p.m. Tot Program

  • Saturday Morning Shabbat:
    9:00a.m. Tot Shabbat Saturday Morning Service
    9:30a.m. Enjoy bagels, shmear and schmooze

  • Saturday Evening Havdallah:
    5:30p.m. Tot Shabbat Saturday Havdallah (the musical ceremony that ends Shabbat)
    6:00p.m. Light Snacks

Please RSVP to Cathy Schwartz - cschwartz@templechai.org - if you plan to order dinner, but also let us know if you are planning on bringing in your own dinner (kosher style) so we can have enough tables and chairs set up!!