Shabbat


Pray, Sing, Learn, Eat, and Schmooze

At B’nai Emunah we offer a number of opportunities for celebrating Shabbat.

These include:

  • Friday Evening Services and Kiddush
  • Saturday Morning Services and Kiddush
  • Monthly family get togethers culminating in Havadalah.

Friday Evening Services

Friday Evening Services begin at 7:30 pm and last approximately one hour. The Shabbat service features communal singing of lively and soulful melodies as well as silent prayer, affording an opportunity to leave the work-week behind. Every Friday includes Kiddush and lovely foods. Please see details below.

First Friday during the School Year – Shabbat Shelanu is held on the first Friday during the school year. Location alternates between Congregations B’nai Emunah and Beth Israel Judea. 5:45 pm – Tot Shabbat. 6:15 pm – potluck vegetarian dinner.  7:15 pm – Family friendly service open to everyone. Followed by dessert and hot and cold drinks.

First Friday in alternate months during the School Year – Torah Study, Kaddish and Kiddush is held at 7:30 pm at Congregation B’nai Emunah on months when Shabbat Shelanu is held at Beth Israel Judea. Torah Study is in English. Everyone is welcome from scholars to beginners. No previous knowledge required. Snacks are available during study. Afterward, we recite the Mourner’s Kaddish for loved ones and have Kiddush and refreshments.

First Friday during the Summer – check our calendar for details.

Second Friday Potluck – Shabbat services followed by Kiddush, hamotzi and a vegetarian (kosher fish OK) potluck dinner. After dinner, we sing Hebrew songs selected by those in attendance. Singing is followed by birkat hamazon.

Third Friday Cab Shabbat – Shabbat services followed by Kiddush and Wine and Cheese Pairings. Two to four varieties of wine are each paired with a different type of cheese together with other savory and sweet selections for our eating pleasure.

Fourth and Fifth Fridays – Shabbat services followed by Kiddush and refreshments.

Shabbat Morning Services and Kiddush

Shabbat Morning services begin at 10:00 am. Please arrive a few minutes early so the rabbi can greet you before the service begins. Our Saturday morning service is traditional with opening prayers sung to lively and soulful chants, followed by Shacharit (morning service), Torah Service, sermon/drash and Musaf (additional service. Services end at approximately 12:30 pm and is followed by Kiddush Lunch and conversation.

First Shabbat of the Month is Birthday Shabbat. We hold regular services and sing Happy Birthday during Lunch.

Second Shabbat of the month is L’Dor V’Dor Shabbat when we have a childcare provider who plays with the children and offers Shabbat friendly craft projects. Children and their adult loves are also invited to join in the service, standing on the bimah when the Torah is taken in and out of the ark, walking in the Torah processions, and joining our special weekly dance on the bimah during Musaf. Children also receive a blessing and a candy from the rabbi following the dance.

For more information e-mail office[at]bnaiemunahsf.org or call 415-664-7373.