Observance

OUR BET T'FILLAH

Temple Beth Israel is a Bet T'fillah, a house of worship. Our worship welcomes the regular worshiper as well as the spiritual seeker; those who love to sing and those who enjoy listening; those who read Hebrew and those who do not. We encourage active participation, ongoing learning and spiritual exploration - for each of us as individuals and collectively as a praying community.

All Temple members are welcome at every Shabbat service, including those occasions when a B’nai Mitzvah is celebrated. At Temple Beth Israel these simchas represent important events for the entire Temple community, and all members are encouraged to share in them. Of course, Temple Beth Israel also conducts special services to celebrate the Jewish holidays apart from Shabbat. Our yom tov celebrations, thoughtfully planned by our Rabbi and Ritual committee, provide for meaningful and memorable observance of these special occasions.

 

SHABBAT WORSHIP EXPERIENCE

SHABBAT--
We gather as a community to pray each Shabbat - Friday evenings at 8:15pm including a Torah service and followed by an Oneg Shabbat; and Shabbat mornings at 10:30am including Torah service and D'var Torah and followed by a Kiddush.


KABBALAT SHABBAT--
On the first and third Friday of each month we hold our Kabbalat Shabbat service. Before welcoming Shabbat we start with a “nosh” (Likrat Shabbat) at 5:30pm, followed by a brief and joyous music-centered service from 6:15pm to 7:00pm featuring a Klezmer-style music ensemble, worshipers of all ages, and a casual, convivial atmosphere. Because the service ends by 7:00pm many members bring their children and invite friends to their homes for Shabbat dinner afterward.  This year several of the Kabbalat Shabbat’s have been assigned a grade to attend on that special evening.


Friday, August 5, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Friday, September 2, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016
Friday, Decmber 16, 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016
Friday, January 6, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017
Friday, Jully 21, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Friday, September 1, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017

SHALOM SHABBAT--
Family friendly services for tots through 2nd grade, and their siblings. Dinner, dancing, and Oneg to follow. Begins at 6:00pm $10 per adult, $5 per child; $25 maximum per household. RSVP required for the event at the following link:  www.tinyurl.com/tbiskokie

Friday, September 9, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
Friday, December 9, 2016
Friday, January 13, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017

SHABBAT AT THE PARK--
During the summer we gather for Shabbat at the Park once a month (weather permitting of course). Invite family, friends, neighbors and prospective members and plan to bring along a Shabbat dinner and a dessert to share.  We sing and pray together at Lovelace Park in Evanston and then enjoy a picnic dinner and pot-luck dessert.  

We will be having Shabbat at the Park on Friday, July 22, 2016; Friday, August 26, 2016; Friday, June 23, 2017; Friday, July 28, 2017 and Friday, August 25, 2017 at Lovelace Park (Gross Point & Isabella at 6:30pm.  There is a shelter if the weather is not perfect.

 

OTHER WORSHIP EXPERIENCES

HIGH HOLIDAYS--
We gather as a Congregation to welcome the New Year on Rosh Hashanah and to observe Yom Kippur services at Evanston Township High School.  Music Director Marla Aviva Bentley and a High Holy Day choir of Temple members and professional singers provide the musical accompaniment for our worship.  Our evening services begin at 8:15pm; morning worship begins at 10:00pm.  On Yom Kippur our services continue throughout the day with midday study and a musical interlude, followed by the afternoon service, Yizkor and Ne'ilah. Second day Rosh Hashanah services take place at Temple Beth Israel.

For families with children age 10 and younger, we hold age-appropriate first day Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services beginning at 10:00am at Evanston Township High School.  Parents accompany their children to this service and then are free to attend the adult service while their youngsters participate in holiday activities planned and supervised by Lori Sagarin, Director of Congregational Learning.  A special "Tots" service for children age three and under begins at 9:00am.

MAJOR FESTIVALS--
Evening services for Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Seventh Day Pesach and Shavuot begin at 7:30pm.  Simchat Torah evening worship includes lively singing and dancing with our Torahs.  Sukkot and Seventh Day Pesach and Shavuot evening worship include special readings and other elements planned each year by Temple members and professional staff.  Morning festival services for Sukkot, Simchat Torah, First and Seventh Day Pesach and Shavuot begin at 10:30am.  Simchat Torah, Seventh Day Pesach and Shavuot services include Yizkor.  Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Seventh Day Pesach and Shavuot are followed by luncheon.

SECOND SEDER--
Each year we host a festive Congregational Seder, led by Rabbi Weinberg, for our members who wish to read the haggadah and share the festive holiday meal with their Temple Beth Israel family.  We will be holding the Congregational Seder on Saturday, April 11, 2017 at 6:00pm.

MINOR FESTIVALS & OBSERVANCES--
We celebrate and commemorate other significant dates on the Jewish calendar including Selichot, Chanukah, Purim, Yom Ha'Shoah, Yom Ha'Aztmaut, Yom Ha'Zikaron, and Tisha B'Av with services planned cooperatively by members of the Congregation and guided by Rabbi Michael Weinberg.

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Jewish worship and observance are at the core of our Congregation’s life. The Jewish Life Council is charged with guiding our religious life and encouraging its continuing evolution and enrichment. We seek to enhance our own internal connections to Judaism through our observance and worship experience. We welcome your participation!