At Temple Judea, our services are filled with music, prayer and thoughtful sermons. We blend traditional Jewish ritual with innovative and creative programming to reach out to all ages.
Shabbat Services - 6:15pm every Friday. Join us every Friday night as we welcome Shabbat. Services are about an hour in length and are filled with community, friendship, prayer, music and learning. Dress is casual nice and children are always welcome. Our cantor and soloists lead the congregation in uplifting and participatory music and our rabbis deliver inspiring and thought-provoking sermons and teachings every week.
Kabbalat Shabbat - You don't want to miss the first 20 minutes
Traditionally, the opening prayers and songs of a Friday evening Shabbat service are called Kabbalat Shabbat - literally 'receiving the sabbath'. At Temple Judea, Kabbalat Shabbat is a very special experience as we begin every Shabbat service with joyful and communal singing in our sanctuary - it's truly a moment not to be missed.
Children at Friday Night Services. Children and families are always welcome in our worship services. Our new sanctuary features a 'family room' in the back of the sanctuary. The room is soundproof, has a bathroom and a large glass window that looks out into the sanctuary. Audio from the service is piped into the room via a speaker so that families with very young children can still be part of the service while not disturbing others.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services. Bar and Bat Mitzvah services are intertwined with our Shabbat morning or afternoon services. Our students lead prayers, offer insights on Torah and the meaning of mitzvot, and chant from the Torah and Haftarah in front of family, friends, and the congregation. Services welcome one or two students into young adulthood in our community. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend. Currently B'nai Mitzvah services are held on Saturdays at 10:30am and 5:00pm.
Community Shabbat Morning Service.This warm and intimate service-in-the-round takes place on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month at 8:45am. The service is led by a Rabbinic Intern, Cantor or Rabbi. Members of our lay community also lead parts of the service, chant Torah, and offer insights on the Torah portion of the week. This is an exciting opportunity for members of our community to participate actively in the leadership of prayer and has the inclusive feeling of an extended family.
Tot Shabbat. At 9:30am on the third Saturday of every month, tots and their families join a Rabbi and song leader for a morning Shabbat celebration. After the service there is an art project, and many families stay to socialize while children play on our playground.
Beyond Tot Shabbat: Eat, Pray, Play. Designed for families with children Kindergarten through 3rd grade, this Friday evening service is fun, engaging, and meaningful. Generally, the second Friday of the month at 6:15pm in the Chapel, families are invited to come early to play and/or sign up for dinner afterwards.