The central worship experience at Congregation Beit Israel is our weekly Shabbat service. If you are joining us for th every first time you may have some questions about what to expect in a Messianic Jewish synagogue. Our Shabbat services is on Saturday mornings at 11:00am and is open to everyone to join in worship.
Dress: We encourage everyone to come to synagogue in whatever makes them comfortable, for some this may be more dressed up and for others more casual.
How long is the service?: Our Shabbat service starts at 11:00am and usually runs for between 1.5 and 2 hours in length.
Children: We have a strong passion for families worshipping together! We do not have any special programs or classes for children during the service itself. We stonrgly encourage children to take part in the worship experience, including joining in Davidic (Israeli Folk) Dance during praise and worship. For those who may need it, we do have a nursery available near the entrance to the sanctuary, but we do not have a nursery worker so we ask that if you feel your children need to go to the nursery for a few minutes that a parent escort them.
What is the service like?: Our service consists of traditional Jewish liturgy in Hebrew and English, modern Messianic Jewish praise and worship music, a full Torah service and the rabbi's message. Each week after our Shabbat service we have an Oneg Shabbat (literally Delight in Shabbat) meal together, this is a family style, covered dish meal (typically themed each week) for building community and fellowship.
How do I follow the service?: Our liturgical prayer will require a Siddur (Jewish prayer book) which is available on a table just as you enter the sanctuary, and we will guide you through the Siddur as the services goes. All lyrics for our worship will be on the screen in the front of the sanctuary for everyone to follow along.
We also have a special "Ask the Rabbi" session with Rabbi Paul every Shabbat before service from 10:15-10:45am, please feel free to come and bring any other questions you may have.