Shabbat Shalom!

We look forward to welcoming members and visitors to our beautiful Shabbat services.


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The Honour Card System

Each Shabbat, we will hand out honour cards to various attendees, each of whom will be given the task of leading an English reading, opening/closing the Aron Kodesh, carrying the Torah, lifting (Hagbah) the Torah, dressing (Glilah) the Torah, chanting the aliyah blessings, or chanting the haftarah.

The purpose of all the above is simply to have more people directly involved in our services. Participation is the key. If you do not wish to accept a card, that is perfectly okay. We will find someone else.

Let us know What you think. We are always looking for ways to improve.

Josh Dubitsky
Co-Chair; Temple Israel Ritual Committee


Torah Reading at the Temple Services

If anyone would like the opportunity to deliver a sermon, d’var torah, lein torah or chant a haftarah,
contact Josh Dubitsky, Ritual Chair, at

18 Little Things You Can Do For Shabbat
1. Invite friends.

2. Ask guests to prepare a Shabbat blessing, song, or story

3. Set a special table for Shabbat dinner.

4. Use a special tablecloth.

5. Arrange fresh flowers in your home.

6. Polish the silver.

7. Pour a nice wine.

8. Bake or buy a challah.

9. Give thanks for the blessings of the week.

10. Light special candles.

11. Read a Shabbat prayer…then read it again.

12. Say blessings over the wine and challah.

13. Sing some nice songs.

14. Listen to the quiet peace of a dinner at home…without phone, TV, or radio.

15. Take a Shabbat walk.

16. Be open to moments of wonder, of soulful encounter.

17. Pause for a moment as Shabbat ends on Saturday night. Sing havdalah!

18. Look forward to the next week’s Shabbat celebration

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