Prayer

Temple Beth Am offers multiple worship opportunities for members and visitors.

Shabbat Morning Services

SHIR HADASH

Come together in song and daven the Shabbat morning service in the Sanctuary with inspiring melodies. A complete transliteration booklet encourages everyone's full participation. Shir Hadash services begin at 9:15 a.m. and are led by our clergy.

BEITEINU

Where did Beiteinu come from?
Beiteinu is a merger of BAIT Tefillah and Havah Narishah. BAIT Tefillah was founded in the mid-90s with the help of Rabbi Perry Netter as a multi-generational weekly Shabbat service that emphasized congregant learning and participation. It continued to thrive and evolve under the leadership of Rabbi Susan Leider. Havah Narisha was founded in 2010 as a mostly lay-led monthly Shabbat service and Friday night potluck dinners (with davening) designed for families with young children. Nearly two years ago, these two communities decided to join forces. They realized they shared similar values and overlap in participating families. Beiteinu (“Our House”) aims to combine the best elements of both communities.

What can I expect?
Many of the hallmarks that members have come to love about BAIT and Havah Narishah have been preserved in the new Beiteinu service. You can expect a warm, welcome, and a safe environment to lead, learn, and pray. Beginning after Pesah, this is a typical outline of a Beiteinu service:

  • 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.: KIDdush Club: Kid-friendly snacks will be available and the space will be open for schmoozing, singing, and praying (coffee will be available for the adults).
  • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Shaharit (the morning service) led by the rabbi or a congregant.
  • 10:30 - 11:20 a.m.: Torah service, led by congregants and interspersed with commentary from rabbi, with seven abbreviated aliyot, including Torah readers who are growing in their skills
  • 11:20 - 11:45 a.m.: Lively multi-generational Torah discussion, led by rabbi
  • 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 Noon: Musaf (Additional Shabbat Service), led by a congregant
  • 12:00 Noon - Whenever: Casual Kiddush lunch
  • How can I get involved?
    Come check out Beiteinu and give it a try! If you haven’t been in a while, I hope you’ll find some welcome new developments. If you’ve never been to BAIT or Havah Narishah before and this sounds appealing to you, come check it out. You’ll be greeted with a warm welcome.

    LIBRARY MINYAN

    Come, Serve, and Belong. Temple Beth Am’s Library Minyan is a participatory, lay-led, child-friendly community that blends traditional observance with a modern, egalitarian approach to Jewish living. Services begin with Mishnah study at 9:15 a.m. and service at 9:45 a.m. in the Dorff-Nelson Chapel. For more information, visit www.libraryminyan.org

    HAMA'ALOT

    Hama’a lot is a rhythmic, intimate, soulful service that was born at TBA in 2014, and has kept growing. Hama’alot meets approximately six times per year on Shabbat mornings at 10:30 a.m. Seating is intimately in the round. We do a truncated liturgy that allows time and space for spiritually moving singing and harmonizing. No musical instruments are used, except for an occasional drum. Click here for more info about Hama’alot and to listen to music.

    SHABBAT YELADIM

    Shabbat Yeladim, Temple Beth Am’s free-of-charge Shabbat morning and holiday program for ages 1-11, enables parents to go to one of the regular minyanim while their children enjoy outstanding, age-appropriate tefilot, play, and kiddush foods, combined with nurturing childcare. Shabbat Yeladim meets on Shabbat from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Rena E. Ganzberg Education Center. Contact Reut Sklar with any questions.

    SHIR For Young Families

    Led by our dynamic Shir Team: Morah Francine Farkas, musician Michael Farkas, Cantorial Intern Michelle Stone, and our Cantor, Rabbi Hillary Chorny. Shir meets many times throughout the year with services on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. Shir is geared towards families with children up to age five. CLICK HERE for more info!

    MEDITATION PLUS

    Join us for Meditation Plus on Shabbat at 9:15 a.m. in Whiteman Conference Room. Led by Rabbi Ruth Sohn, Meditation Plus is an experience of Jewish chant and meditation followed by the study of the Torah portion with Hasidic commentary. For more information, contact Rabbi Ruth Sohn ruthsohn@gmail.com

    TORAH CLUB

    Torah Club began in the fall of 2012 with just 18 members. Torah Club members read Torah, haftarah, and lead davening dozens of times a year across all three of Temple Beth Am's minyanim. Torah Club not only reinforces the Torah reading skills learned in school and during bar and bat mitzvah training, but also provides teens with a sense of responsibility and pride as they serve their community. Torah Club keeps its 50+ members engaged by making Torah reading an activity they share with their peers and is one way for young people to continue on the path of Jewish learning. CLICK HERE to contribute to Torah Club.

    Daily Minyan

    Do a mitzvah by attending Temple Beth Am's daily morning and evening minyanim, led by a group of dedicated lay people. If you are saying kaddish after the death of a loved one, observing a yahrzeit, or if you want to begin or end your workday with a moment of communal warmth and spiritual reflection, this is the place for you.

    Morning Minyan meets Monday – Friday at 7:30 a.m., Sunday & Federal holidays at 8:00 a.m.

    Evening Minyan

    Click here to download the 5777 Evening Minyan Time

    Shabbat Afternoon

    Conclude Shabbat in a warm setting that includes worship, study, schmoozing and - of course - food! The Minha/Maariv Services are lay-led, under the guidance of our Rabbis and Rabbinic Interns. The rabbis teach Torah during the traditional Seudah Shlishit (3rd Shabbat meal). A spiritual Havdallah follows. Minha/Ma'ariv begins approx. 90 minutes before the end of Shabbat.

    Questions?

    Questions about any of our prayer services? Contact Cori Drasin in the Rabbinic office: 310-652-7354 x210 or cdrasin@tbala.org

    Friday Night Shabbat

    Neshama Minyan meets every Friday for a lively Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv service using the melodies of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Congregants sing, dance and welcome Shabbat with much joy and spirit.

    Shabbat Sovev
    Sovev is the transcendent aspect of the Divine, that which surrounds everything we're always swimming in, existing in. Shabbat Sovev is an attempt to mimic and access that immersion. We daven in a circle, creating a space to tap into the transcendent nature of the divine, to transcend ourselves, the prayer we could do on our own, the prayer that we could do with just words, or the normal nusach. Click here to listen to the Shabbat Sovev music

    Community Shabbat Dinner

    Approximately once a month, the entire community gathers together with for a festive Shabbat dinner. Click here for upcoming dates and reservations.

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