On most Friday nights, we welcome the gift of Shabbat at 7:30 pm. This uplifting, participatory service blends traditional and modern melodies with beautiful guitar accompaniment and, once a month, the voices of our volunteer choir, Kol Shalom. A D’var Torah (sermon) makes ancient lessons relevant to our contemporary world. Following services, we gather together to socialize with a joyous oneg Shabbat (refreshments).
Once a month, we raise our voices, clear our heads, and lift up our spirits in a circle of sacred song at Shabbat NaShirah (Shabbat Let’s Sing!). When we enter the sanctuary for this special service we find:
- Seating in concentric circles creates a closely connected community
- Several talented musicians and singers help to lead engaging melodies with beautiful accompaniment
- We pray using fewer words and experiencing them more deeply
- The music draws us in and encourages us to sing, or to get lost in the groove of a hand drum, the airy tones of a flute, the strumming of guitars or the harmony of voices
- Our souls soar!
The service is followed by a pot luck Shabbat dinner for all.
One Friday a month, families with young children enjoy a Shabbat experience designed especially for them! Sitting in chairs is not required!
5:30 pm Festive Shabbat dinner featuring juice, challah, and pizza
6:00 pm Engaging service full of music, movement, and stories
6:30 pm Fun craft and a yummy dessert
Our regular family services engage kids, parents, and grandparents of all ages. Some of these services are led by our students, while others feature themes such as Drum Circle Shabbat, Camp Shabbat, and Sweet Shabbat. Join us for a meaningful, joyous, and spiritual experience for the entire family!
On many Shabbatot, we hold morning or afternoon services that are led primarily by our b’nai mitzvah students. As a community, we take great pride in preparing our emerging young leaders to be role models and teachers in our community. As with all Shabbat services, these services are open to everyone.
On a few Friday nights each year, Temple Chayai Shalom rocks out! Rockin’ Shabbat Eve is an upbeat, exciting, musical Shabbat experience for the whole family, featuring a live rock band with drums, bass, and electric guitar, including some of our talented staff and congregants.
Groovy ones! Once a year we have an out-of-sight band called the “Hebrew Hippies” lead our Shabbat pray-in! They find the true cosmic meaning of songs by The Beatles, the Monkees, the Mamas and the Papas, the Doors, and Bob Dylan – by Shabbatifying them! So truck on down to TCS for peace, love, and prayers set to some of the greatest songs in classic rock!