Shabbat Experiences

Shabbat Experiences

For thousands of years Shabbat has offered the Jewish People the opportunity to come together as a community to reconnect with ourselves, our tradition and each other. CBS offers several avenues to enhance the Shabbat experience.

Friday Nights

At 6:00 PM we welcome Shabbat in the intimate environment of the Feather Beit Midrash. Led by our talented clergy, this hour-long service includes singing, teaching, and time for reflection (appropriate for school-age children and above).

We periodically offer alternative Friday night experiences:

ShabbaTONE

These musically enhanced services afford the worshipper a chance to explore and experience the liturgy in a new light. Families of all age ranges can enjoy the exuberant spirit of SHABBATONE! Dancing is encouraged. A dessert reception (Oneg) is also offered at these “soul-filled happenings.”

N’SHAMAH!

Join us in welcoming Shabbat in an uplifting, musical way! This Shabbat worship experience is for anyone who loves to sing and who wants to get in touch with their inner spirit. N’SHAMAH! is led by Cantor Raquel P. Gershon, accompanied by guitar, and is preceded by a “pre-neg” of wine & cheese!

Shabbat Mornings

Our traditional egalitarian service begins at 9:30 AM in the Kamensky Sanctuary. Within the context of our traditional liturgy, we read from the Torah and celebrate milestone moments in the lives of our members, ranging from B’nai Mitzvah to Aufrufs, Baby Namings, milestone birthdays, and anniversaries.

Circle Time/Torah for Tots (ages 2-6):

For our congregation’s youngest children and their adults, we offer a weekly half-hour of singing, stories, and Torah fun from 10:00 – 10:30 AM (visitors welcome!). This is followed by babysitting so that parents may return to the adult services.

Kiddush:

Shabbat is not just about services. At the conclusion of services, we all join together as one community for a kiddush lunch in the social hall, followed by birkat hamazon. Kiddush lunch is a weekly opportunity for our members and guests to create community while sharing a meal. It is our opportunity to celebrate, schmooze, and reconnect with the people who make up our vibrant congregation.

Our Mincha (afternoon) service takes place approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of morning services, but no earlier than 12:30 PM.

The following Shabbat options do not meet every week. Please check the calendar for specific dates.

For Kids

Shabbat with a Twist – 1st and 3rd Fridays of Each Month

At 11:00 AM, families with children up to Pre-K, join us for challah making, stories, and songs! Sing songs and hear a story, then you can twist your own challah with the dough we provide. Bake it at home, filling your house with the warm and delicious smells of Shabbat!

Shabbat B’Yachad – 1st Friday of Each Month

A special Shabbat program for families in addition to the CBS Shabbat service, with two service options and an optional Shabbat Dinner beginning at 6:00 PM followed by services. One service is geared towards families with children birth through 1st Grade and the other for 2nd – 6th Grade families, co-lead by our CBS Youth and our Clergy.

 Junior Congregation – Two Saturdays per Month, September – May

Junior Congregation meets at 10:45 AM for students in Grades 3 – 6. Students will help lead prayers and have an opportunity to connect with the weekly Torah portion. It is a great way for students to start becoming more comfortable with the Shabbat service as well as building connections to prayer and their community.

For Adults/Teens

Study Minyan – One Shabbat morning per month:

This minyan delves into the Torah with one of our rabbis beginning at 10:30 AM until the conclusion of services.

Shabbat Yoga:

Several times a year, we offer a unique opportunity to combine a gentle, relaxing yoga session with Jewish spiritual concepts from 11:00 AM until the conclusion of services.