At Temple Emanuel, we know that there are lots of different ways to be a Jew. There are also lots of different ways to pray. So we offer a variety of services, encouraging our members to experiment and stretch.
Please note that the scheduling listed below under each service description is to be used as a guide, only. There may be exceptions to the dates and times listed below and, as such, you should always refer to our calendar for weekly service dates and times.
On most Fridays, experience the essence of Shabbat joy with our Simply Shabbat service at 6:15 pm in the Belle Chapel. Led by Cantor Lizzie Weiss and one of our rabbis, this intimate service lifts the spirit with a fusion of nostalgic and contemporary melodies. This service features transformative rabbinic sermons rooted in the Torah that speak to the spiritual and contemporary issues of our times.
Services end by 7:00 pm in order for people to go to their respective Shabbat dinners.
The Roven Family Shabbat Unplugged
Traditionally held on the second Friday night of every month, our Shabbat Unplugged Service is at 8:00 pm in the Corwin Family Sanctuary. Led by our clergy, this meditative service-in-the-round is enhanced by the music of guitar, drums, and clarinet. The energy is electric, with the liturgy sung by the whole congregation. This popular service regularly draws several hundred people of all ages, including many younger congregants in their 20’s and 30’s. There is a short d’var Torah given by one of the rabbis, and the service is typically followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat.
Get ready to "ignite the spark" of Shabbat with this truly electric and energy-filled Shabbat SPARK service, featuring our new Soul Singers, our amazing Junior Cantors, and extraordinary Religious School students. A fun service for families and adults, movement is encouraged with choreography and instruments, and there is no need for prayer books as the whole service is projected onto a big screen.
A really special treat, this service is offered just a few times a year. Make sure you also join us for a community-wide dinner preceding each SPARK service at 6:15 pm (RSVP is required for each dinner, and can be made at tebh.org/SparkDinner).
Tot Shabbat (birth to 5 years of age)
Temple Emanuel’s dynamic clergy leads our exciting and engaging Tot Shabbat service at 5:15 pm in the Belle Chapel on the first Friday night of every month. Tots and their families enjoy Shabbat through an interactive service filled with songs, stories, and dancing around the bima. We welcome Shabbat by lighting candles, drinking grape juice, and eating challah (after the fun of tearing it apart), as the clergy leads Shabbat in a joyful and meaningful way.
Shabbat Morning @Emanuel (SM@E)
Our regular Shabbat morning service meets from 10:00 am until about 12:15 pm in Bess P. Maltz Center. Led by Cleargy team, the service is a thoughtful, contemplative adult service. The service has a traditional feel, with most of the liturgy sung in Hebrew, accompanied by meaningful English poetry, and commentary. Every word is transliterated so even non-Hebrew readers can fully participate in prayer. Torah study is interactive and engaging, and provides stimulating discussion. Congregants chant Torah and Haftarah, and often people celebrate life-cycle events within the context of the Minyan community: an important birthday, a prenuptial blessing, and a wedding anniversary. Services are always followed by a Kiddush lunch. Check out the SM@E Blog here. Every Shabbat morning there is also a Meditation Service (Expression of Soul) led by congregant Perry Oretzky in the Belle Chapel see entry "Expression of Soul" below for additional information.
Expression of Soul
In Judaism, the Soul is the "partner" of our physical being; it moves us toward perfection. Expression of Soul is our attempt to uncover and discover what our physical relationship is to our Soul. We do this through quiet meditation, chant, and conversation. Meditation, for those who would like to sit in silence, lasts 25 minutes. Those wishing to join us in chant are invited. In chant, we look to discover and bring the intentionality (Kavanah) of prayer into our lives. Conversation may revolve around the Parashat/Haftarah of the week, prayer, and/or esoteric Jewish writings. Meditation and Chant are our inner work; Conversation is our attempt to understand ourselves at a deeper level.
*The first Saturday of every month involves meditation, chant, and conversation from 10:00 – 11:00 am. All other Saturdays involve an abbreviated, meditation-only format from 9:30 – 10:00 am.
Many Shabbat mornings at 10:00 A.M. in the, Corwin Family Sanctuary we celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in the context of the Shabbat morning service. The service, accompanied by piano, is led by the Bar or Bat Mitzvah and Cantor Lizzie Weiss. One of the Rabbis gives a short D'var Torah, often concluding with a charge directed to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and the passing of the Torah through the generations of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah's family. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah student delivers a sermon and often his or her parents say a few words of personal blessing. While this is in the context of a Temple Emanuel public Shabbat morning service, it has the feeling of a personal family experience. B'nai Mitzvah are occasionally also celebrated on
Shabbat afternoon within the context of a Shabbat mincha service.
All of Temple Emanuel’s schools have religious services as part of the curricular program. These services are open to anyone who is a part of the Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills family.
For more information about school services please email Events@tebh.org or call 310.288.3737.