Services & Celebrations

We welcome guests and visitors to join our informal and personal worship services and holiday celebrations, where we always include time for sharing news about our lives. We began to ease back into in-person services during the High Holidays, and it was wonderful. (Visit our home page to read our Covid-19 policy.) On the other hand, we have found that Zoom actually suits some of us, so we are working on making a Zoom option available even for our upcoming in-person services, celebrations, and events. Whether in-person or online, we strive for connection and warmth. We’d love to have you join us.

For Temple Emanu-El’s Music YouTube channel that includes songs we sing during services, click here: music.


Vibrant red pomegranate with seedsShabbat Services

Here are links for the “tools” you may need for our online Shabbat services:

For an online “flip-book” copy of our Mishkan T’filah Reform Shabbat prayer book, click here: prayer book and then click on the image of the Shabbat prayer book that comes up.

We have been using supplemental service handouts: Supplement1, Supplement2, Supplement3 (updated 1/26/2022), Supplement4, Supplement5, Supplement6, and Supplement7. (For convenience, you may want to print these out and put them in order in a binder.) Check the service descriptions below to find out which ones we’ll be using each time

Next Shabbat Service: Friday, May 27, 7pm in the courtyard at the JCC

Rabbi Drorah Setel will lead our in-person service with cantorial soloist Charlene Sommers. We will be using our Mishkan T’filah prayerbook. We value the health and safety of all who worship, celebrate, and learn with us. We want to take care of each other and are particularly conscious of protecting the most vulnerable among us. For that reason we ask that all attendees bring proof of COVID vaccination and wear masks. Thank you.

There will be a streaming Zoom option, whereby viewers can listen and/or watch the service at home. To join by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 859 5479 0326. To login via Zoom, click here.

Guests and visitors are warmly welcome to join us in-person or via Zoom.


Hebrew months on a blackboardNew Moon Circles

Sivan New Moon Circle – Sunday, May 29, 7pm in the courtyard at the JCC (rain location in the lounge)

The month of Sivan brings the festival of Shavuot, a celebration of first fruits, new births, and the covenant at Sinai. We’ll be honoring the traditions of Jewish women and LGBTQ+ Jews with songs, stories, and foods of the season as well as learning about – and practicing – the Jewish art of henna adornment. All are welcome!

Please bring musical instruments, an object that represents an important commitment in your life, and dairy or vegan treats to share (gluten free welcome). We value the health and safety of all who worship, celebrate, and learn with us. We want to take care of each other and are particularly conscious of protecting the most vulnerable among us. For that reason we ask that all participants bring proof of COVID vaccination and wear masks.


wheat field curtesy pexels.comShavuot Celebration

Sunday, June 5, Afternoon (exact time TBD) at the tent behind the JCC

This year, our Shavuot gathering will celebrate “A Garden of Torah,” in both the spiritual and material senses of the term. The JCC has given us land next to the entrance to the tent in which to create a community garden and so our activities will include planting vegetable beds to raise food to donate to the Brighton Food Cupboard and others. There will also be opportunities for study, reflection, and crafts related to our theme suitable for all ages and abilities.



To see our full calendar of services, celebrations, and events, click here.

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