Temple Israel provides a range of Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday evenings — usually at 6:15 pm. During the school year, most services have an Oneg afterwards. During the summer months, most Fridays begin with a Wine & Welcome social gathering before services. To sponsor an Oneg or a Wine & Welcome get-together, contact the Temple Administrator.
Some services include Torah readings. Some include the Temple Israel Congregational Choir. Occasionally, we celebrate Shabbat with other Akron congregations. Please see our Calendar for the time and services scheduled on a specific date.
Rock Shabbats are scheduled throughout the year. This service is a wonderful way for people of all ages and at different points in their spiritual journey to experience Shabbat. Our projection screen has all of the words to every prayer so it’s easy to follow along. Cantor Kathy and special musical guests lead us as we sing, pray and dance to our Shabbat music!
When a Jewish holiday falls during the week, the Erev Shabbat service uses that holiday theme (for example, Purim Shabbat).
Some Shabbat services focus on a specific theme (such as Inclusion, Social Action, Interfaith or Organ Donor). These services give us an opportunity to be grateful to others.
This is an explanatory service to enlighten us all. It includes contemporary music from the Reform movement — enhanced by guitar, piano and banjo. The clergy takes extra time to explain the meaning of our liturgy and to teach melodies for us to learn as a community.
The Congregational Choir is for members who love to sing and want to share their talents for services. They meet once a month on a Sunday afternoon to rehearse and then sing on the last Shabbat evening of every month (excluding the summer season from June-August). There is no audition, no requirement to read music, and all are welcome! Contact the Cantor for information.
NOTE: This choir is separate from the HHD choir,
which consists entirely of professional musicians.
Shabbat Morning Service
Rabbi Brown usually leads a brief Shabbat Morning service after Torah Study each Saturday morning — starting between 10:15 to 10:30 am. This Shabbat Morning service could be ‘reserved’ for Bar/Bat Mitzvah students for a service at 10:30 am. (Check the Calendar for information.)
The religious school observes Havdallah together as a community (students, parents and faculty).
While the Temple building is closed, a Havdallah at Home service is available at 7 pm through Facebook.
Wee Sing is a special service for children that is scheduled for certain Sunday mornings at 10 am. (Currently, a Wee Sing on the Web service is scheduled on Friday mornings at 8:30 am.)