Shabbat Services

Please join us for our Shabbat services. These are always followed by an Oneg Shabbat where you can enjoy conversation with our members along with the tasty sweetness of the Sabbath.

Our Shabbat services are led by Rabbi Drorah Setel and our cantorial soloist, Charlene Girard. The services are relaxed and informal. Some folks like to dress up; others come in jeans. Along with the familiar prayers and songs, we share upcoming travel plans, followed by the traveler’s blessing; names of family and friends needing healing of the body or spirit, followed by the Misheberach; moments of happiness from the previous week, followed by a blessing for those with simchas; and names and memories of those who died in previous years, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish. It’s not unusual during service for attendees to raise a hand for a question, or for Rabbi Setel to ask questions of the attendees.

On the first Shabbat of the month, we generally include birthday blessings – inviting people with birthdays that month up to the bimah to receive a personal blessing (and a honey stick for sweetness). On the third Friday, Rabbi Setel leads a discussion during the oneg on any of a variety of topics. On the fourth Friday, we generally have a short musical Shabbat service, followed by a pot luck Shabbat supper – a very relaxed way to welcome Shabbat and meet our members and friends.

We’d love to have you join us at any of our services. You will be noticed and introduced around as soon as you walk in. Or, if you’d like more information ahead of a visit, please contact Rabbi Setel (rabbi@emanuelrochester.org) or our Temple Emanu-El Membership Chair, Martin Nemeroff (mnemerof@rochester.rr.com).

We look forward to meeting you!

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