The traditional day of rest at TBH is a time to take a break, connect with friends and community, study, eat, pray, sing and nourish the soul. We offer a variety of Shabbat observances to inspire and inform. This is a description of our general offerings, please check the calendar for more specific events.
Erev Shabbat services: Our regular Shabbat services are held on Friday night, led by Rabbi Seth Goldstein. Starting in September 2015 we will have early services starting at 6pm on the 4th Friday of the month. On all other Fridays, services will start at 7:30pm. On most first Fridays, Kol N’shama, the TBH choir leads us in song with old favorites and new arrangements and lay leadership is common. Services are an opportunity to reflect, sing, study, discuss and be together in community. Services are usually followed by an “oneg”—literally, “delight”—a time to share food and conversation as a community. (There will not be an oneg following the early service.)
Shabbat dinner and Khappy Hour: On some Fridays we gather as a community to share in a Shabbat meal before prayer—usually a potluck or semi-potluck. “Khappy Hour”—a pre-service oneg—also is an occasional offering.
The Shabbat Tisch: Occasionally, rather than our regular service, we hold a tisch. “Tisch” means “table” in Yiddish, and on these gatherings we hold an alternative Shabbat experience. Sitting around a table and sharing food and drink, we will sing songs, tell stories and share teachings in a fun, lively and laid-back setting.
On Shabbat morning we offer a rotating series of study groups to honor Shabbat and honor the Jewish tradition of study.
“Jewish With Meaning”: This group meets on the first Saturday of the month to explore and expand our personal connection to spirituality within the Jewish tradition. It is a potluck brunch, but come even if you can’t bring food. We gather at 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Torah Study: Prayer and study are equally holy activities, and on the second Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. we will sit around a table, share a Shabbat brunch and study texts from Jewish tradition. Food is provided, and all are invited to join in these highly participatory discussions. Meditation precedes study at 9:15 a.m.
Mussar Mornings: Mussar is the Jewish school of thought which seeks to root personal character development and right behavior in Jewish tradition and text. On the third Saturday of the month we will gather to learn more about this tradition and how it may benefit our lives. We’ll meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. A Shabbat Morning service with Torah reading follows at 10:30 a.m.
Talmud Study: The Talmud is an ancient compendium of Jewish law and lore, and provides the basis upon which biblical interpretation and contemporary Jewish practice rests. Hardly a monolithic document, the Talmud contains investigation and argumentation on all facets of life. On the fourth Saturday of the month, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. we will dive deep into this text.