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Friday Night

friday-service-35 We have musically-oriented services every Friday night.

Music is such an important part of our worship that each of our Friday night services revolves around a different theme: choir, jazz, acoustic, and Klezmer. From trained musicians and well-versed volunteers to enthusiastic members in the congregation, every week we warmly fill the Temple Beth Am Sanctuary with song. And don’t be surprised if people are literally dancing in the aisles: participation is encouraged!

Each Friday night service includes an oneg: light snacks and a chance to schmooze with others. See below on how you can help sponsor an oneg for the congregation.

We also often have special speakers on some Friday nights, including knowledgeable congregants and guests from outside of our community. See our Calendar or read below for who might be visiting us this month.


Upcoming Events:

Acoustic Kabbalat Shabbat with High School Senior Send-Off
Friday, May 18, 6:15 PM
Temple Beth Am
Teen and adult musicians lead camp-style acoustic music.

Shabbat to Honor Our Volunteers and Board Installation Service
Friday, June 8, 8:00 PM
Temple Beth Am
In June, the passion and dedication our volunteers give to our synagogue will be honored at a special Shabbat service. We will invite you to the bima for a special aliya and will have an extra festive oneg after services. Join us too as we recognize and install our new Board members for 2018-2019. We appreciate your ongoing efforts to support our sacred community and help change the world.

July Kabbalat Shabbat

Each Friday through July at 6:15 PM, preceded by an oneg at 5:45 PM

Led by members of our congregation, summer Shabbat services offer a delightful range of themes, such as Yiddish Shabbat, and often take place outside in our courtyard if the weather is good. 

Choir Kabbalat Shabbat

1st Friday of the month at 8:00 PM, followed by an oneg

Hear the best of Jewish choral music, open your heart in prayer, and make new friends at the oneg following services. This service includes the wonderful music of our highly regarded choir, accompanied by grand piano, bass, and congregational singing. The evening includes a full sermon and Torah reading.

You can hear selections from our choir in short samples to the right under the menu options.

Jazzy Kabbalat Shabbat

2nd Friday of the month at 8:00 PM, followed by oneg

Be moved by the prayers of our tradition and the contributions of Shawn Weaver, Murl Allen Sanders, and Michael Marcus, who are gifted musicians and make this service an event not to be missed! The talents and musical prayers of our jazz musicians augment this beautiful service, which includes a full sermon and Torah reading.

Acoustic Kabbalat Shabbat

3rd Friday of the month at 6:15 PM, preceded by an oneg at 5:45 PM

A family-friendly service that begins with an alcohol-free oneg, this Shabbat is musically led on guitar with Cantor Victor Geigner, who guides us through the music and teaches new songs for all of us to sing together. This service includes a story sermon and short Torah reading. We conclude with kiddush in the foyer. This is the perfect way to bring everyone together around the joy of Shabbat, and then have guests at home for Shabbat dinner.

Klezmer Kabbalat Shabbat with Wendy Marcus

4th Friday of the month at 6:15 PM, preceded by an oneg at 5:45 PM

Join us for an oneg with wine, cheese, hummus, and other treats, and then participate in a lively service that is infused with the joy of klezmer music, including the sounds of clarinet and tuba. This service includes a short sermon but no Torah reading. These evenings are kid-friendly and include a time for introspection. The service concludes by 7:15 PM with kiddush in the foyer, in time to go home for a beautiful Shabbat dinner.

On the 4th Friday of the month, we also have Healing Challahs, part of our Caring Community initiative.

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Kinder Kabbalat

1st Friday of the month at 6:00 PM

This service, designed especially for kids 6 years old and younger, begins with a greeting, candle blessings, and challah in our foyer and continues with prayers on the floor, dancing, stories, and blessings in the Temple Beth Am Sanctuary. The service is led by one of our rabbis and the amazing Shoshanah Stombaugh, teacher extraordinaire, who is an expert in welcoming children to the joy of Shabbat.

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Sponsor an Oneg

We have a wonderful way to celebrate Shabbat at Temple Beth Am: sponsor an oneg for Shabbat (before or after evening services) in honor of a special person or occasion, or in memory of a loved one.

The cost to sponsor an oneg is $100. Dates will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your name and the name of the honoree will be mentioned at the Shabbat service for the oneg you are sponsoring.

To sponsor an oneg, go here.

If you are a member, login with your ChaverWeb user name and password;
if you are a new user, enter your name and create a password.

Select “Events & Purchases," choose "Shabbat Oneg Sponsorship" and fill in your information, including "Preferred Oneg Sponsorship Date."

If you are a member and don’t know your ChaverWeb user name or password, or if you need help with this process, contact Victoria by email or 206-525-0915 x205.

You can also email Rachel Schachter, Director of Development, to sponsor an oneg.



For more information about Shabbat, including customs, blessings for home observance, and what to expect at Shabbat services, go to ReformJudaism.org.

Choir Samples - Friday Night

Lecha / Uva-u ha-ovdim

Ma Navu:



Oseh Shalom (Debbie Pinto):



Mi Chamocha (Joyce Shane arr.):