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Kabbalat Shabbat: Bring your enthusiasm and openness, and be ready to give voice in hearty prayerful song at Kabbalat Shabbat, the Friday evening worship in which we welcome the day designated for rest of our bodies and renewal of our souls. These participatory Friday evening services, usually accompanied by guitar and featuring a brief D'var Torah or "word of Torah," employ the Mishkan T'filah, the prayerbook of the Reform movement.
Rock Shabbat: Join the Rock Shabbat band for a lively and fun Shabbat service filled with some of the best Jewish music around (new and old). The music will inspire you to sing, clap, and get on your feet. This is a service that every generation will enjoy. Potluck oneg to follow service.
Contemplative Shabbat: A quieter shabbat evening service that incorporates songs as well as silence, chants, and guided meditations.
Shabbat Hallelu: Approximately once each month the Friday service will be a Shabbat Hallelu scheduled at 7:30 p.m. During these lively all-music services, members of CBI comprising the Hallelu Band, the Chutzpah! Chorus, and the Mazal Tov Children's Choir join the congregation in heeding the words of Psalm 150, to bring our instruments, voices, and every breath in praise of God.
Traditional Egalitarian (Conservative) Service: Every Shabbat morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Main Sanctuary, there is a congregant-led service employing Sim Shalom, the prayerbook of the Conservative Movement. One can expect spirited traditional davenning (chanted prayer mostly in Hebrew). If you have a skill such as the ability to chant the Haftarah, read from the Torah, deliver a D’var Torah, or lead a section of the service, we would be happy to have your participation. Click here to sign-up forTorah readings. A companion booklet to the prayerbook, A Guide to Shabbat Morning Worship, is available for anyone who would like transliterations of Hebrew prayers or commentary on the liturgy.
Mishkan T'filah (Reform) Service: About once a month, a second minyan (using the Mishkan T'filah Siddur of the Reform Movement) meets in the Small Sanctuary beginning at 10:30 a.m. This service will usually have a guitar accompaniment, contemplative prayers and meditations, and a Torah discussion.
Tot Shabbat Service: Tot Shabbat services are fun, engaging, and interactive for families with young children, newborn to 6 and includes singing, prayers, and a story. It is also a wonderful way for families to meet each other and learn about Shabbat.
Would you like a more satisfying Shabbat experience? We invite you to join our Shabbat Connections program. Click here to learn more.
B'nei Mitzvah: During the course of a Jewish year, there may be 15-20 Bar and Bat Mitzvah students who will mark their new status through participation in one of the Shabbat worship venues of CBI. These students will typically chant the Haftarah, read a section of Torah, offer the D'var Torah, and possibly lead some of the davenning. The families of the B'nei Mitzvah will be happy to include any and all worshippers in their simcha. That is, Shabbat worship at CBI is always open to all, whether or not a Bar or Bat Mitzvah will be called to the Torah that week.